Apple Preview is a program included with Mac OS X that permits displaying Adobe PDF (Portable Document Format) files without needing Adobe Reader. Apple Preview also displays many other kinds of documents and graphics files, and permits limited editing and manipulation of them.

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Hacking Preview in Mac OS X

For certain PDFs with graphics split over two pages, it is best to view them side-by-side. Apple's Preview app lets me view two pages side-by-side. This is great! The only problem is that it's off ...
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Minimized Preview windows display as “Window” after reboot

If one has documents minimized in Preview and ensures that the option "Reopen windows when logging back in" is checked on reboot, the minimized documents do not display their file name, instead they ...
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How do I start a new blank image page in Preview?

I want to be able to paste an image in a new blank page in Preview.app but do not see this option in the program.
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Preview of pictures in Cloudfogger wanted

I used to work with Cloudfogger on Windows. I like it there. On Mac I do not like the implementation that much. For example the preview of photos does not work from within Finder. Does anyone have a ...
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Edit / Amended a previously annotated image in preview.

I really like the annotation tool in preview, but when i annotate a jpg or png image and save it all the annotations get flattened into the image and cant be amended. Im aware that if you annotate a ...
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Is there a decent way to display fotos from directories?

I do not want to use the "Photos" app and the "Preview" app. The "Preview" app only displays one photo at a time (unless you select all of them with CMD-A). I am missing the Windows program where you ...
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Mail on Yosemite 10.10.5 Can't stop Mail from downloading attachments

Simply trying to disable Mail from downloading attachments automatically. So I went to Mail > Preferences > Accounts > Advanced tab and turned off the "Automatically download all attachments" option. ...
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How can I disable text predictions in El Capitan

Is there any way to turn off the OSX text predictions? To reproduce: Open a searchable document in Preview. Select the search box. Hit Esc This pops up: Before you ask, yes, I have Correct ...
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prevent preview.app from automatically starting slideshow when switching to fullscreen view

I read a lot of PDF files in preview. Whenever I open a file, switch to fullscreen to have a view in which I can focus on reading the PDF without being distracted, after 5 seconds, preview.app goes to ...
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Preview - See how often a search term is found in a pdf

When I'm searching for a term in a pdf, Preview shows me on how many pages that term is found, and in the sidebar how often that term is found on which page. But it doesn't tell me how often that ...
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Preview.app opens new PDFs to page 2

Whenever I open a new multi-page PDF in Preview.app, it opens to the second page. Obviously, it would make sense and I would prefer if it started on page one. This is not related to the "Start on last ...
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Lasso selection in Preview 8.0

Nice thing in Preview is that you can have do also other than rectangular selections, like elliptical and lasso. I upgraded to OS X Yosemite 10.10.5 and Preview 8.0. The option for lasso selection is ...
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How to Anti-alias Text and Screen in Preview?

I am studying carmel's answer found in the thread How to export non-blurry eps images? [I]n Preview in Mac OS X, you can make the thin white diagonal lines across each of the squares disappear ...
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El Capitan 10.11.3 Preview app missing move glove tool

How can we get it back the Hand Tool (use to be a glove icon) for moving enlarged images in Preview (OS X El Capitan 10.11.3)? This was most helpful tool Apple had for working with graphics!
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Preview is hanging up and needs to be forced-quit

I found this answer elsewhere on this forum, and it seemed promising, but I don't seem to have any of these files on my computer. The Caches and Preferences folders don't have files that reference ...
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save skim annotated pdf as pdf with annotations

I have skim version 1.4.16, and I can't find a way to save a pdf with skim notes as a pdf with annotations that preview 8.0 can read. I can export as a "pdf bundle", but preview 8.0 doesn't want to ...
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Automate printing with options?

I am trying to print a file (a pdf), without intervention. Not Automator specific, I can deal with applescript or terminal or whatever. The specifics of what I want are: Print to specific Printer ...
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How to enable “Preview” in open/save dialogs (viewed as List)?

I hate open/save dialogs. They suck. Specifically, I want the same functionality as... here.. I don't want to use "Browser View", I don't want to use Quicklook. I don't mind a nasty hack. ...
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Transferring annotations made on a PDF in Preview to another PDF

I have many PDF's that I have annotated in Preview.app and want to transfer them to an updated version of the PDF. For the most part they should have the same number of pages in each PDF. I have an ...
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Apple AppStore App Preview - mov format

If we submit the App Preview in the MOV format, will it be compressed on the Apple side to a shorter format (e.g. MPEG4) or will it be streamed to the user as MOV? In another word, do we have to ...
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Bring preview to front when opening pdf from finder

When I open a pdf file from finder, how can I make Preview jump to the front with the file I want? Currently what is happening is that I open the file, but Preview remains behind the Finder windows. ...
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How can I draw freehand circles on screenshots?

In Windows I can happily fire up MS Paint and draw freehand circles with the brush tool on top of my screenshots. In OS X if I open up a screenshot with Preview and use the pen-looking thing and draw ...
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How to open the Preview window maximised by default? [duplicate]

Does anyone know how to open Preview.app with the window maximised by default, in order to automatically fit the screen? Right now, the Preview window opens almost half screen and I think it is quire ...
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How to disable horizontal scrolling on OS X Yosemite's Preview?

As stated in the question, how do I disable horizontal scrolling on Preview when the page obviously fits and there is over horizontal overflow? I am scrolling with my touchpad, and with two-finger ...
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Breaking links in PDF files when splitting into multiple PDFs in Preview

I made a pdf (with latex if this matters) with links between different sections. Then I broke this pdf into different chapters in Preview (v8.1 in OS 10.11.2) by making new copies and deleting other ...
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Preview in OSX El Capitan defaults to 100% scale

When printing a jpeg, preview now defaults to 100% scale, which is not what I want. I am having to manually select scale to fit and fill entire paper. How can I make it always default to the latter ...
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Preview: disable sketch tool auto recognition and modification of forms

Is there any way to disable the auto recognition of forms when drawing with sketch tool in Preview? Without this function Preview can be a very good pdf annotation tool. Thanks in advance
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Unable to Adjust Size for pdf in Preview

As shown in the screenshot the "Adjust Size" is disabled for the given pdf. So how do we reduce the size of a pdf in preview (or even skim?)
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Why are the insert options grayed out when I open a PDF?

in Preview, I opened up a PDF containing an image. I need to combine it with a portion of another such PDF. When opened, it was locked, so I duplicated it. However, the insert sub-options remain ...
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preview reset to start page

I use latex to write documents and everytime when I generate a new version of the document preview would reset to pg 1 rather than staying on the page where I was last. Is there a way to fix that?
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Cut / clear selected region of pdf using Preview [duplicate]

As shown in the screenshot I have selected a rectangular region. I want to clear that section. None of the menu/toolbar items are apt for this task. Is there a workaround? Update It was suggested ...
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Printing problem only in web browsers

Under Yosemite 10.10.5 on an iMac, I get the following two error messages when printing from Firefox: First error message: "Print Preview Error. An error occurred while printing" Then, after ...
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UI txt bug after installing TextMate on El Capitan

After installing of TextMate on El Capitan all the text in preview (spotlight, while using space to preview text files in finder, etc.) shows with TextMate theme. When i change theme in TextMate, it ...
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Borderless printing

My Brother MFC-J6920DW printer can print edge to edge / borderless / without margins. I know this for sure because I have made a perfectly borderless print from OS X Photos. Also, a .pdf that I ...
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Force Preview to use freehand mode by default

How to I make Preview use freehand mode by default while I'm drawing? It seems to want to smooth everything everytime.
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Stop Preview from opening every file in its own page

Every single time I open a picture to view in preview or preview itself it opens every document in a individual page. Which must be forced quit to close? I have already tried going to System ...
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Edit text in PDF

I tried multiple times to find easy PDF editor for Mac. I am looking for an application which can simply allow me to change some words in the PDF (Preview cannot do it). Please, pay attention that ...
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Preview accessing closed files (El Cap 10.11.3)

on El Cap (I noticed this since upgrade to 10.11.3) Preview keeps accessing closed PDF files, which means I cannot empty the trash. In fact the problem exists even if Preview is not running. I open ...
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What is special about Preview added text or shape elements? Can I move other elements besides these?

I found that if I use Preview to open a PDF file, and use its tools to add text, or shape elements such as arrows, ellipse, rectangle, then I can use Preview to edit them. But if the items are not ...
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How to solve the problem of not being able to highlight particular text in PDF and ebooks?

Short question: in some cases, you cannot highlight some text in a PDF using Preview, because it seems some "structures" is overlapping the text, so if you highlight a line or a few words, all the ...
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Preview seems to have corrupted PDF and lost all text and arrow annotations

I have used Preview to create a number of annotations for a PDF file. The annotations are a mix of boxes, ovals, text, arrows, etc… Upon exiting and reopening Preview, it seems to have lost the ...
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10.11.2: QuickLook and thumbnails crashing finder

I have a strange problem: Finder crashes ("not responding") after performing one of these: pressing space on a file that can be previewed with QuickLook, e.g. a sound file or an image simply ...
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Is there a way to disable incremental search search on a Mac, especially in Preview?

Sometimes when typing a search term in the search bar in Preview or Spotlight the text entry locks up for a few seconds. I assume this happens because it is beginning to search on the letters I've ...
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Remove items from conextual menu?

I used this thread to make my own "Search with Chrome" Service. But when i right click some highlighted text in Preview.app it lists both "Search with Google" and "Search with Chrome." "Search with ...
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Highlighting in Preview not visible in other software

Is there a way to make highlighting done in Preview visible in other software? In particular interested in whether it can be seen in Adobe Reader. Really would like to avoid installing Adobe as it ...
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Search text annotations in Mac Preview

I've added text annotations to a pdf with Tools > Annotate > Text. I'd like to search the text for a specific word, like 'Todo'. Unfortunately, doing a cmd+F to search for this text doesn't ...
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Preview Markup Sketch tool - Disable auto modification

Whenever I sketch something in Preview using the sketch tool found in the markup toolbox, it keeps on modifying my drawings. This is a big nuisance, how do I disable this feature?
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Is there a “Fill With Color” feature in Preview?

Coming from a MS Paint background for quick image editions, is there an analogue feature to its Fill With Color in Preview? Basically it lets you fill an area delimited by the same color with a new ...
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Auto rotate photos and save them afterwards (perhaps using Preview?)

So I was previewing some photos using Preview app and I notice that Preview (at least on 10.10.5 Yosemite) automatically fixes rotation issues on the thumbnail on the left. e.g. photo is upside-down ...
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Working with attachments **to** a PDF file in Preview

I've got a PDF that has something else (actually, another PDF) as an attachment. Like most Mac users I use Preview by default to view PDFs, and Preview gives no indication that I can find that there ...