I'm trying to setup my laptop (Dell D420) with Lubuntu 14.04 and Libreoffice 4.2 to show a slide presentation to a VGA projector. I used ARandR to make a screen layout where the laptop screen (resolution 1280x800) shows the left side of the desktop and the VGA projector (1024x768) the right side.

I tried a number of configurations and settings to no success except one that work partially: Going to Slide Show menu and Slide Show Settings I set Multiple Displays to All displays. In doing so I see the slide show on the projector but only the edition mode in the laptop screen. Trying the other settings for Multiple Displays will give:

Display 1: Console shows on the laptop screen but the slide show doesn't appear in the projector screen (instead it appears in the background of the laptop screen)

Display 2 (external display): Shows the console fully on the laptop screen but doesn't show the slide show in the projector.

Auto External (Display 2): Same as Display 2.

If I set ARandR to mirror the display only the console will be mirrored and not the slide show. Somebody could tell me a solution?

  • I have the same problem. I wonder if it's related to the graphic card (mine is ATI Radeon). As a temporary solution I exported my presentations to PDF and use the "PDF presenter console" which works similarly to the "libreoffice presenter console". Installed via Synaptic. Then, select your pdf > right clic > open with "pdf presenter console".
    – Pedro
    Sep 13, 2014 at 10:55
  • Hi thanks. I don't think it is the graphics card since I work using multiple monitors with this laptop without issues. I will try the solution using the PDF presenter console. Sep 14, 2014 at 17:20

2 Answers 2


Download the portable version of Libreoffice 3.3 from this list an use Impress for your presentations. This version can coexist with the installed one (the buggy 4.2.x or 4.3.x or whatever). I tested it and it works. By the way, it seems that this problem affects only Lubuntu. I tested a few live-distros: Ubuntu-Unity, Mint Mate and PCLinuxOS LXDE and the presenter-Console works like a charm.


Your problem description was fix to my problems. I have 14.04, had exactly the same problem until I projected VGA to the right side of laptop. I did it from command line with xrandr (eDP1 is my laptop screen and VGA is external): xrandr --output eDP1 --auto --output VGA --auto --right-of eDP1. However, I tried ARandR (which is a GUI for xrandr) and it worked this way as well.

I have different hardware, though.


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