Slides (PDF Presentations)

Slides (PDF Presentations)

PDF Presentations let you present slide decks within the Butter window without having to share your screen. This lets you present smoothly while keeping an eye on your participants.


🎥 Video Explainer: PDF Presentation

Here’s a 90-second tour from Jakob on how to upload PDFs and show them in your Butter session.

1. Prepare a PDF presentation

As with any other Butter tool, you can add a PDF to your Toolbox before or during a session.

1.1 Before a session

To create a PDF presentation before a session, go to your room toolbox, select ‘Add Tool’, and choose ‘PDF Presentation’.

Then, just name your PDF, upload a file, hit ‘Save’, and you’re ready to go!


1.2 To your Agenda

As with any tool, you also have the option to add your PDF presentation to an agenda block.

To do this, just go to the ‘Agenda’ tab in your room setup, navigate to the agenda block where you want to add your PDF, select ‘Add new tool’, and then select the PDF you already created in your Toolbox.


For more on building an agenda, see .

1.3 During a session

To upload a new PDF during a session, select ‘Toolbox’ from the right-hand menu, select ‘Add Tool’ and then ‘PDF Presentation’.

Then, just follow the prompts.


2. Present your PDF

You can launch your PDF by selecting ‘Toolbox’ from the right-hand menu and then selecting the PDF you’ve already uploaded.

Or, if you’ve added your PDF to your agenda, you can start it by navigating to the relevant agenda block and hitting ‘Start’.

Then, just navigate through your slides to take people through your amazing presentation!


Tip: If you’re using slides to lead a discussion, try spicing things up with Flashcard Decks instead! They’re a more fun, interactive way to connect with each other. See
Flashcard Decks
Flashcard Decks
for more info.

PDF Presentation FAQ

Should I use the PDF tool, screen share, or the Google Slides tool?
  • PDF Presentations are meant for presenting slide decks or documents.
  • The Google Slides integration is meant for collaborating on slide decks—not presenting them (see ).
  • Screensharing is best for sharing things other than slides (e.g. your browser), or using presentation mode in tools like Google Slides (see
Can I see my participants while I present a PDF?

Yes, you can still see a handful of your participants in the right panel while you present. You can arrow up and down through the participants panel to see more people.

If you’re tired of seeing your participants, you can select the ‘Hide participants’ arrow if they want to enlarge the presentation.

Can my participants still see me while I present a PDF?

Yes! Unless you’ve turned your video off, your participants will see your video thumbnail in the top-right corner of the PDF.

Participants can move the speaker thumbnail to any of the four corners (in case you’re blocking their view!).

What do participants see?

Participants see the slides, a video thumbnail of the person sharing the slides, and their own zoom in/out buttons. Unlike the facilitators, participants do not have slide navigation arrows.

They can also select the ‘Hide participants’ arrow if they want to enlarge the presentation.

Can participants navigate through the slides?

No, only facilitators can control the slides.

Can facilitators zoom in/out for everyone?

No, each participant controls their own zoomage.

Are PDF presentations visible to mobile participants?

Yes, mobile participants can see your PDF (although it’ll be a little small!).