I use a Chromebook as a daily-carry laptop, and occasionally have to give presentations (which I create using LaTeX/beamer). I've so far been unable to find a presentation mode PDF viewer that runs under Chrome OS. Though there are a few PDF viewers listed in the chrome app store.

I'm able to run Android apps on there, but the absence of an accelerometer/orientation sensor means some PDF viewers (e.g. Adobe) run in a little portrait window. Chrome's own PDF display doesn't do a real presentation mode: even with a fullscreen window and "fit to page" display I get a scrollbar, a large grey border on 3 to 4 sides and (depending on the order I select the options) sometimes the top of the next slide. Pressing up or down arrow scrolls continuously too, and you can't use a mouse to advance slides.

My current solution is to run Debian using crouton (which is how I work on the machine). Then I can run Evince. But connecting an external monitor doesn't work once the X server for Debian is running. So I have to plug in the monitor, wait for it to be recognised, and then start XFCE.

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    Install the pdfjs extension, which has a better presentation mode?
    – jstultz
    Commented Sep 5, 2017 at 22:38

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I have a similar workflow and issue with presentation. I tried the pdfjs extension, as jstultz commented above. It solves the problem in providing a true fullscreen mode.

However, it sometimes had lags when rendering slides. This seemed to be on slides with certain images on them - not on slides where I had complicated pgftikz pictures. This is more noticeable when running through slides (to jump ahead or test) and rarely happened when progressing through slides at a normal pace.

The other positive aspect is that it advances slides on either the right or down arrow. I wasn't able to get my slide clicker to work on the chromebook, but I would imagine that if you can get your slide clicker to function then it will work with this extension. My current plan is to use a small mouse in my hand as a "clicker" to progress through slides, which seems to work well.


The Google Chrome.app can present PDFs natively. Open a PDF in a new window of your Chrome browser, then click on Open With ∇ and select Google Chrome.app. Within the Google Chrome.app -not the browser- click on the three dot menu in the upper right and select Present. Slides can be advanced with the space bar or arrow keys, you can go back with arrow keys, too.

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