Is there a way to let pdf viewers automatically start in presentation mode?

3 Answers 3


Yes there is :)

Simply add this to your preamble

In LaTeX


In ConTeXt

  • Hmm, with beamer it doesn't work for me. Dec 1, 2010 at 10:50
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    The command is FullScreen (capital S), as @Peter Smit points out in his answer.
    – Seamus
    Dec 1, 2010 at 11:36
  • sorry for the typo
    – Matten
    Dec 1, 2010 at 11:39
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    @Matten, I guess you should mention that unless you're using beamer, you need to \usepackage{hyperref} for the first version to work... (although why you'd want fullscreen apart from beamer is a mystery...)
    – Seamus
    Dec 1, 2010 at 11:54
  • @Hendrik -- if you were using beamer, the package should be already used?!
    – Matten
    Dec 1, 2010 at 14:26

Yes, the hyperref package can do this for you.

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    If the OP is using beamer, the explicit hyperref call is superfluous: it's automatically loaded...
    – Seamus
    Dec 1, 2010 at 11:36
  • It works with Adobe Acrobat but not with other software such as Skim (free software for Mac Os X) or Mac Os X's Preview.
    – PAC
    Oct 25, 2013 at 14:07

You can also use the pdfTeX primitive \pdfcatalog to set up full screen mode directly into the pdf:

\pdfcatalog{ /PageMode /FullScreen }
  • This does not work for me. Using Beamer version 3.07. The presentation will typeset, but does not open in presentation mode.
    – Digger
    Jan 1, 2016 at 0:05

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