Use Adobe Reader as Presentation Tool

You can use Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader to create an impressive presentation from any document you can print. First, create a PDF from your document. Then, open the PDF in Acrobat or Reader, choose Acrobat/Adobe Reader> Preferences> Full Screen and select options to let Acrobat or Reader automatically advance from page to page at a selected interval, or wait until the user clicks the mouse.

You can make the cursor invisible, loop the entire presentation, select a background color, and choose from dozens of transition effects such as wipe, fly in, glitter, dissolve or split. To enjoy your handiwork, view the PDF in Full Screen mode (Window> Full Screen View).

Jay Nelson is the editorial director of, and the editor and publisher of Design Tools Monthly. He’s also the author of the QuarkXPress 8 and QuarkXPress 7 training titles at, as well as the training videos Quark includes in the box with QuarkXPress 7 . In addition, Jay writes regularly for Macworld and Photoshop User magazines and speaks at industry events.

3 thoughts on “Use Adobe Reader as Presentation Tool

  1. Thank you so much! I just put together a 80 something page presentation and built it in InDesign because that is a software I am most comfortable. I thought I was going to have to import each page as a separate file and not include any interactive links in Powerpoint (didn’t want to build it in Powerpoint because it is not a design tool). I thought Acrobat could work as presentation file format and did a search. Some people said yes, Acrobat can be a presentation tool ‘if you have this application’. Your tip explained exactly how to use regular ole Acrobat to do everything Power Point could have done. Awesome! Thank you for sharing, you saved me a good day of production.

  2. Naveen Iyer

    I prepared a presentation consisting of “animation” in MS Powerpoint 2010.
    I saved the “.pptx” file to “.pdf” file and opened it with Acrobat Reader.
    When I try to play the presentation in full screen mode in Acrobat Reader,
    it does show the slides but NOT THE ANIMATION in any slide.

    Please help.

    Thanks in advance

  3. Boy, I sure don’t know. I think PowerPoint is an abomination. Can you use Keynote instead?

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