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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Prevent a force quit program from opening the windows again in Yosemite [duplicate]

I've been using the Preview app to read some pdfs. Yesterday, I opened a dozen of them, and after using the search function in one big document, the whole app froze. I force quit, but now, every time ...
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Why is the pdf performance on iPad Air better than on a MacBook Pro? [closed]

I have an iPad Air on which I use GoodReader to view PDF files and everything is nice and smooth. Viewing the same pdf files on my 2013 Retina Macbook Pro I can not get smooth scrolling for large ...
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Embedded video in pdf file doesn't work in Preview

I worked with LaTeX and I created a pdf document that contains some embedded videos. The videos pop up when I click on them and this functionality works just find in Adobe Reader. But when I try to do ...
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Why does preview change the ctime of a pdf, and how can I disable it?

When I open a file in Preview, preview updates the ctime of the file. This seems to only happen once however, and as far as I can tell, nothing other than the ctime is changing. This is very ...
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How do I change just one dimension in Preview, when dragging/using the mouse?

In Preview, I want to change just the width of an image by dragging the points/dots surrounding the image on the sides, with my mouse. But instead of just the width changing, the entire image gets ...
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How can deleting pages from a PDF result in an increase in file size? [duplicate]

I routinely scan pages to PDFs and then use Abbey FineReader to run OCR on those PDFs, creating a new PDF which contains both the original images (further compressed) as well as the recognized text in ...
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No PDF app showing equations properly

I have a PDF of a Ph.D. thesis in mechanical engineering, so there are lots of equations. No PDF app that I've tried on OS X (Preview.app,Adobe Reader, Skim, PDFPen) can show the equations properly; ...
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Why does opening Mac Mail show a preview pane not the whole email?

On my MacBook OS X 10.10.3 when I used to open Mac Mail it would just display the entire message and there was more flexibility to deal with this or other messages. Now it seems to load a preview ...
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Preview: Changing font in auto-identified PDF form fields

How can you change font options (size, typeface, color, etc) for the text you type into PDF form fields? This question is different than Change font size for PDF Text Annotation in Preview. That ...
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Is it possible to sort pdf windows in another order in Preview?

I noticed that when I upgraded to Mac OS X Yosemite the order of the opened pdf files in the Window menu of Preview now is in alphabetic order. However, it used to be in the order they were opened (If ...
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How to get rectangle annotation coords in preview?

How can i get the coords of this annotated rectangle in preview app or other mac app?
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Add arbitary extension to QuickLook text preview

I was trying to restore a .conf file from Time Machine and QuickLook does not display the file as text. A bit of digging, and I came up with this answer QuickLook Uniform Type Identifier How can I ...
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Preview.app Very Slow To Save Highlights on PDF (rMBP, OS X 10.10.3)

I have scanned a textbook into PDF. The file is 725 pages and 1.73 GB large. It is mostly text but there are a few images per page. Now that the book is scanned in, OCR'd (SearchScan exact), and ...
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Using Preview for a slideshow - the source images update and I want to have preview refresh automatically

I'm not 100% sure on what our current process is. As I understand it, we have preview doing a slideshow on a TV. It reads from a folder, which updates images at 8AM every day. We want the slideshow to ...
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How to disable restore/resume/saved-state for a specific application in Yosemite

For most applications I like the OSX feature of remembering which documents were open. But it drives me nuts in Preview. In past versions of OSX there was a simple preference that could be altered ...
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Changes to image are permanent without hitting save

I was trying to make some avatars out of some of my images and needed to resize them. I did so in Preview in Yosemite 10.10.3, and had before as well in Snow Leopard. There was no 'save as' option, ...
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Can't kill Preview app

I have strange problem, my Preview app is not responding and can't kill it. leo-mac:~ leo$ sudo killall Preview No matching processes were found Force Quit button also doesn't give any result. ...
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Can't move around icons in Preview

I recently upgraded to Yosemite. When I am looking at my thumbnails (icons) in a Preview folder, I can't seem to move around the images. It just wants to keep them in name order. I obviously tried all ...
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How to delete text from an edited picture in preview?

I recently edited a picture in preview by adding text to it. I then saved it, not realizing that the original would not be saved (without the text). When I went in to the picture later to delete the ...
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Why does Preview lower image-quality

I use photos from a digital camera and work with them in Photoshop/Lightroom. Today I again imported pictures from the camera into photos-app on my MacBook Pro, mid 2014, Yosemite 10.10.4/3 (I had the ...
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Image border in Preview app

Whenever I have a sprite frame, and I open it in Preview app, I can't see the exact edges of the image because the background of an image is transparent. Therefore, I can't see if there is any padding ...
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Getting the Mac to read PDF files aloud

I tried previous suggestion to have my MacBook to read PDFs with speech. I tried Edit -> start speaking in Preview. I also tried the regular way of of using a shortcut key preset in System Preferences ...
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Cannot open jpegs in preview since upgrading to OS X 10.9.5

When I try to open JPEG in Preview since upgrading to OS X 10.9.5, I get the message: "The file couldn't be opened because you do not have permission to view it. To view or change permissions, select ...
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Hidden features of Safari? [closed]

While using Safari, I accidentally three-finger tapped on a link and Preview of that web page popped up, like below. I think it's pretty useful. Do you know any other hidden features of Safari? I ...
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Streaks in PDF when using preview

When opening a PDF in preview there often are streaks like this: Does anybody have an idea where this is coming from?
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Change font size for PDF Text Annotation in Preview

This should be dead simple: how to customize the font including face, style and modifications. But those configurations are nowhere to be seen. So ... where is this hidden Preview/pdf toolbar / ...
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Image is broken in Safari and Preview but works in Chrome and Gimp

The same jpg image file displays differently in Safari and Chrome. How can I fix this problem?
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My custom shortcut for Preview app doesn't work

As you can see, I defined shortcut, restart system, but it is still not visible. Why?
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Can I open a file in Preview from the Terminal?

I know that I can open a file with an external program from the Terminal with open, and that works for most applications. However, when I try to use a command like open -a Preview info.txt, it ...
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Why can't I see thumbnails in the finder?

Most of the instructions I've found online (this, for example) say all I have to do is select "show icon preview" in the finder view settings. But that doesn't seem to be working. What's the problem ...
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Is it possible to tilt pdf in Preview?

as you know we mostly forgot pdf applications other than Preview, yet it may not came handy for every task. I have scanned some documents recently and need to tilt them only a few degrees right or ...
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Change filename in Preview

I end up with lots of screen shots that look like this: Obviously after a while I do not know what they are. So I open them in Preview to see, and would like now to change the file name to ...
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Ability to share .pdf using email not working in Preview

Preview has the ability to "share" documents by mailing them. When I select this feature, nothing happens. I don't get an error message. Is there a fix for this? I've already tried removing ...
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How to paste from clipboard into a Preview edited PDF file

It seems the clipboard does not work - either direction. I can not copy and paste into or from a Preview edited PDF doc. Why is Preview so unfriendly/ difficult to use with external tools? Any ...
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Better way to create signature for preview than holding a paper in front of the camera

I have a perfectly fine scanned image of a signature. It is unnecessarily inaccurate to hold it in front of the camera instead of using the image directly. How to enter the signature from the image ...
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How to change the PDF reader on Chome from Preview to Acrobat Reader on MacBook?

How can I change the PDF reader on Chrome from Preview to Acrobat Reader on MacBook? The Adobe program is much more versatile and I prefer that one to Preview. In my Plug-ins in Chrome the Adobe ...
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Will App Preview video for iPad be shown for iPhone users?

I made an App Preview video only for the iPad resolution and uploaded it to iTunes Connect. If I don't upload a video for the other iPhone resolutions, will the iPad video by shown on the App Store ...
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Is it possible to rotate in Preview without advancing to the next page?

I have a slight annoyance with rotating pages 180 degrees in Preview. The next page is selected automatically after rotating either left or right (90 degrees). This behavior adds a step. Is there a ...
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The movies on my iPhone don't show a preview icon

They used to show a preview, but don't show anymore on my iPhone or iPad (synched to the same library). The videos under the Home Videos tab appear with normal thumbnails, but the Movies tab are just ...
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Preview and pdf annotation opacity

I'm running into issues with Preview on 10.10.2 and annotation opacities. Preview seems to not honor opacities set by other programs, and clears all annotation opacities in a file when saving a new ...
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Changing one Preview annotation changes another

Every year when I go to do my taxes, I use the Annotate feature in Preview to quickly fill in my forms. I like to drag all of my forms into one document via the thumbnail view. Unfortunately, it ...
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In Preview, how to set 'Rectangular Selection' as the default (NOT 'Text Selection'

In Preview on the Mac, how can the default Selection be changed from 'Text Selection' to 'Rectangular Selection' I am opening PDFs and want it to default to 'Rectangular Selection' Currently I need ...
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How to bring to front or order layers in Preview?

I do a lot of selecting, copying, pasting, and moving around on a single image in Preview for Mac. But I'm having trouble ordering the layers of an image so that the layer I want visible is on top. ...
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Running Preview App from Mountain Lion (6.0.1) in Yosemite

I'm quite disappointed with the changes to the preview app in Yosemite therefore I'm trying to run the Preview App from Mountain Lion (6.0.1) but a message pops up saying the version is not supported ...
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Quick look doesn't work in spotlight

When I use spotlight (on Yosemite 10.10.2), Quick Look doesn't display a preview in the right panel anymore. Only when I click on a folder in the left panel it displays the contents of the map in the ...
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How can I see a url link inside a PDF file opened in Safari or in Preview without open that link?

I've got a PDF file with an Image inside that has a url link to a page. I need to see that link without opening it. I expect to see this link when I move the mouse on the image, but I can't see it ...
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Preview in Yosemite prints with large margins, unlike previous version

Before Yosemite, Preview could print large scale text with no noticeable margin by simply increasing "Custom Scale". In the Yosemite-Preview, it is no longer possible to do so. I tried adjusting ...
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Avoid Unwanted/Blank Text Annotations in Preview.app

When opening a PDF in Yosemite's Preview.app, I can select text using the Text Selection tool from the Markup Toolbar. However, if I don't click directly on the text, a blank text box will appear. ...
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Why does this PDF does not appear properly in iOS?

This PDF uses the embedded fonts Graphik-Regular and Graphik-Medium. When viewed in various readers on OS X, Windows, Android, Acrobat, the font appears correctly. When viewed in iOS, the Graphik ...
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Preview image from pipe

I have a command line utility, let's called as: produce_image. So i can do the following in the Terminal: $ produce_image > some.jpg $ open some.jpg #opens Preview.app also, I have ImageMagick ...