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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Editing and syncing a pdf file on Mac and iPad through iBooks

I'd like to work on a draft pdf file on both a Mac and an iPad and see the edits syncing invisibly in the background. I create a new directory mkdir ~/latex and save the following latex in ...
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Error 43, unable to open files on external hard drive using Preview

Using Snow Leopard 10.6.8 I can't access files with Preview on my 2011 WD myBook 1TB external hard drive. When I try to open a file it says "application can't be found" follows up with "an ...
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Finder preview by file type in different views

I've investigated when will the Finder show a preview of some file and when it will only show a partial preview. For example, txt files are only read 204KB and displayed partially. png always has a ...
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Preview.app can't open pdf after Adobe Acrobat Installation

After installing adobe acrobat I can no longer use preview.app or apps like clearview to open pdf files under my account. I have tried creating a new user, and logged in, and i can view it no ...
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Why does Preview display an edited image size smaller than the actual size in Finder?

I have recently purchased a new 15" MBP and noticed that when I export an image from Photo to my desktop and then reduce its size in Preview, the file size displayed in Preview is much smaller than ...
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Edit Table of Contents in Preview?

In Preview, is there a way to change/edit the names of links in the Table of Contents of a pdf? Thanks in advance!
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Preview.app custom keyboard shortcuts broken after Yosemite upgrade

While running Mavericks, I added Control-P and Control-N as shortcuts for Preview.app. Sort of Emacs-like page turning. It worked fine. After upgrading to Yosemite, these keyboard shortcuts no ...
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removing pages from a PDF increases size [duplicate]

I have a 100-page PDF document, whose size is about 1MB. Using Preview, I exported 2 pages (that contain only text, no graphics, nothing fancy) to a new PDF. The size of the new file is also about ...
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Open second PDF file with hyperlink in first PDF file

I have two PDF files: First PDF file has a content page Second PDF is the relative data (30 pages) My requirement is to be able to click on the first PDF document, on a hyperlink for it to be ...
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Snapping Preview windows with BetterTouchTool make search buggy

I use BetterTouchTool in order to be able to maximise windows to half the screen by dragging them agains the edge of the screen. When I do this with Preview windows and then attempt to search in the ...
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Where's the Edit Toolbar Button in Preview Application

I can't find the Edit Button to toggle the Edit Toolbar in the Preview Application Here's a screencap of a file that's open in editor: On the support page Mac Basics: Preview app views and edits ...
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Losing alpha when exporting raster graphics in Preview 8.0

In preparing various documents, I often convert images from one format to another via Preview. Since my last upgrade of Preview, however, it seems that when saving as a raster format (e.g., PNG), ...
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How to create a keyboard shortcut for Preview `Move To…`

Using App shortcuts in System Preferences -> Keywords allows me to create a shortcut but it does not work when I try it in Preview. I tried the following keybindings (which do not conflict with ...
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View recently closed files (e.g., in Preview) on OS X?

Mac OS X has built-in features for viewing recently opened applications, or recently opened files in applications. I open lots of files in Preview and keep some of them open for a long time, usually ...
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How to reedit annotations in Preview on Mac?

After PDF was annotated, saved and PDF closed I want to reopen PDF but I can not anymore edit it, can not select annotations, arrows. Any workaround?
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How to export multiple PDF pages into 1 PDF

I have opened all of my PDF's in Preview (Mac). I then drag-n-droped the PDFs to make a master list of PDF's. Question How do I export all of the pages into 1 PDF? What I tried File -> Export as ...
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what is the way to group and/or “select all edits” command in Preview 8.0

I mistakenly and very quickly did a keyboard command to select all edits [as opposed to select all, which otherwise makes the whole doc light blue]-- anybody know these features and how to command ...
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OSX 10.10, “Preview” printing

OSX 10.10, How do I get "Preview" to print the File Titles along with the "picture"?
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Preview print dialog defaults to Scale to Fit or Print Entire Image

When printing a PDF file from Preview, the print dialog defaults to "Scale to Fit / Print Entire Image", and the default scale is some arbitrary number. To get 100% scale requires clicking "Scale" ...
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“Preview not open any more”

This seems to be a well known problem but I did not see any satisfactory solutions. Preview just stops working after using it for too long, or opening too many pictures, producing the message above. ...
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Fill an area selected using 'Instant Alpha' with a specific color in Photos

In the Photos.app I am using Markup Toolbar in conjunction with screenshot editor. How can I fill an area I selected using Instant Alpha with a specific color?
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Preview does not work on iPhone 5

I have a problem with preview with my iphone 5. My mac is 2012 and running Yosemite. When I go to the "import from iPhone" I get the usual window, but when I drag and drop some photos / videos, it ...
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Add outline to text in Preview

Preview use to support adding an outline to text. Using a black outline with white fill for lettering was really nice for making words visible on dynamic backgrounds. Has this feature been removed ...
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Is there a way to disable smoothing in Preview when in free hand mode?

I'm using a Wacom tablet and want to add handwriting to a PDF document. I go into freehand mode and my writing keeps getting auto converted to shapes due to the auto smoothing. It's quite annoying. ...
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Open Preview for iPhone and SD card

Is there a way to automatically open Preview whenever I plug my iPhone in my Mac to import the photos? Also want to do this when connecting my Nikon SD card. I just hate this new Photos app, I prefer ...
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Preview disables clickable links in PDF files

When a Mac Preview user sees a link in the PDF and tries to click it nothing happens, although the mouse cursor changes indicating that the link is clickable. Users using other applications than Mac ...
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How do I get the location of a locked file in Preview?

I used to be able to Right-click or Command-click the name of the file in the title bar and see the path, whether the file was locked or not. Now when I open an attachment from Outlook (yes, I know ...
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Preview randomly unable to display certain documents

On the MBA of a friend (10.10.3) when I double click on PDF or JPG files to open them with Preview, the app opens but the file does not display 90% of the time. If I press Space the document displays ...
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Exponential PDF File Size in Preview

I have word document (.docx on a mac) at 3.4 MB. When I save it to PDF it becomes a whomping 90 MB. I can't make it smaller and I can't figure out why it's happening. Here are the details: I've ...
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How do I use a numerical variable and a loop in automator?

Since scripting is not that powerful in case of Preview.app, I am trying to find the solution with Automator. Here's the problem: I've got a protected pdf file of 130 pages. It happens that I can't ...
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Where is Preview storing the data to reopen a PDF at the last page ? OS X Lion

I can see how to turn this behavior off in a previous question at How to set Preview to start on the last viewed page? But what file is/was storing this persistent data about the last page read of a ...
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Maintaining zoom to page width in Preview (or any other viewer) for documents with landscape and portrait pages

Whenever opening PDFs in Preview my preference is to set the zoom to the page width. This setting does not perform if the document contains landscape and portrait pages. The Preview adjusts zoom to ...
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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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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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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 ...