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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GUI alternative for 'Screen Grabber' to make previews of videos - I only know CLI tool 'Video Contact Sheet *NIX'

About 6 years ago I bought 'Screen Grabber' in App Store. I still use it and it's not available anymore in App Store and development stopped many years ago. The developer wrote me: Hi Fyodor. ...
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finer control of Preview anti-aliasing (font smoothing)?

I have just updated to Yosemite and something must have changed in the way Preview renders fonts. I find that Preview display of text in PDF files is rather sloppy, I am pretty sure it used to be ...
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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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Some PDF bills are printed out with empty squares replacing the text

I have some bills from my electricity and gas provider and all the bills are printed out with squares being displayed instead of text. I already restored the Font Book to default fonts. I have no ...
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Terminal “open” any image results in “Preview quit unexpectedly”

Whenever I hit open blah.png (any image type) in my terminal, I get a message "Preview quit unexpectedly" from Mac OS X. The solution is to just open the folder in Finder using open ., navigating to ...
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Extracting multiple photos from a single quickly

I recently went through the process of scanning old photo albums (in an effort to preserve them longer digitized). I would place 2/3/4 photos on the scanner. Now I need to extract the single photos. ...
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How can I view blue “replace” suggestions in Preview?

In Preview, how can I see the suggested replacements noted by blue strikethroughs? Do I need adobe acrobat to view these?
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Preview custom files types in Finder

I would like to preview my experimental data stored as text files with specific extension in Finder. I mean I would like to see the experimental curve in Finder. Is it possible to do this by scripting ...
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Push notification content in IOS 10

Does anyone know if the size of Push notifications will be expanded for IOS 10? From what I understand, they are currently at 235 characters. Will we be able to see a preview of certain imessage ...
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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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Mac preview crash everytime when searching

I would like to ask if you encountered similar error, and what have you done to solve it. When I open multiple PDF files in Preview ( mainly text), and then search for some common substring like ...
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iMac running 10.11.3… Preview won't allow me access to pics unless I reopen Preview

I know this issue/bug has been talked about, but I am not good with computers and any solves seem to be be for those blessed with computer skills. In a nutshell, I have an 2013 iMac running Capitan ...
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Photos in QuickLook in El Capitan slideshow are different sizes?

I just updated my OS from Snow Leopard to El Capitan. Previously, when I entered the QuickLook slideshow for several photos, they would all fit to the screen. Now it appears that, for certain mixes ...
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Preview adds strange textboxes to my CAD drawing

I have a lot of drawings made with AutoCAD 2016 on Windows 10. I wanted to print them from my Mac as they are PDFs, but when I open them in Preview it adds strange texts and I have to manually delete ...
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Restart download Mac OS X (macOS) Sierra, Developer Preview version

My download of macOS Sierra (Developer Preview, see press release) began downloading, appearing in the Launchpad app. But then got interrupted. It failed to restart, so I deleted the icon in Launchpad ...
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Change highlight color in Mavericks preview?

In Preview on OS X 10.9 Mavericks, is it possible to change the color to something other than yellow, green, blue, pink, purple? I know it is possible to highlight in other colors because I did it ...
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Force `Preview` to open a file in the frontmost Window

When I click on a PDF it opens Preview, but displays the previously viewed document. I have to go to the Window menu to select the file I just opened. Is there a way to force Preview to open the ...
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How to show all annotations at once in Preview?

I just got an heavily commented pdf, when I open it in Preview, all annotations (highlights, notes) are "hidden", i.e. do not show up in the left margin. I can display them by clicking on them but I ...
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Linked PDF and going back in OS X Preview

When I click on a linked reference in a PDF it jumps to the bibliography at the end of the paper. Is there an easy way to jump back to the passage I just read?
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Measuring distances in Preview

How do you measure margins in Preview? After opening Crop in Inspector, I can only choose either Points, Inches or Centimeters in the Units: list box. How do I change it to engineering scale, such as ...
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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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printing an email attachment on apple computer in pdf preview help

i opened a file attachment and am trying to print from an apple computer. it's in pdf preview. it's looks huge on the screen but tabs and all are inline. but when i click print and it shows a preview ...
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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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Hiding finder preview panel… forever

I'm not sure why but quite recently Finder likes to show me the Preview panel on new Finder windows. I've tried every method I could find: Hiding the preview. Close the finder and open a new ...
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Strange tick mark in Preview

When I tick a checkbox in a fillable PDF in Preview, there is a strange double tick symbol. It's like a tick with a cross on it. How can I have a correct tick/check symbol ? I'm on El Capitan 10.11....
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How to disable PDF editing in Preview app?

I am running OS X 10.10, Yosemite, and there is one feature which really annoys me. I know it must be useful for a lot of people but it's just not for me. When I open a PDF document and, by habit, I ...
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Can't rename/move file from an OS X application title bar anymore

I noticed this a while ago: I used to be able to click on the title bar of applications like Preview or TextEdit and rename or move the file opened at the moment. Now if I click on the title bar ...
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Can I export my signature from Preview on one Mac and import it on another?

A follow on to this question about extracting the signature image. Is it possible to just copy the plist file containing the signature from one Mac to another? Is there a recommended method for ...
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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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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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Preview refuses to open pdf file, incorrectly claiming a permission issue

I had to force quite Preview (it became unresponsive after trying to open a 200Mb animated gif), but after re-starting it some files there were open before no longer open. Instead an error box pops up ...
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Importing/Exporting Preview Signatures on OS X 10.10 (Yosemite)

One of the things I always backup when re-formatting a Mac are the digital signatures I have saved in Preview. For this, my go-to reference used to be here: Can I export my signature from Preview on ...
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Control odd-even page pairing in Preview in two-page mode

By default, Preview displays pages like this in two-page mode: How can I get it to display them like this instead? Acrobat does the latter but Acrobat is not nearly as responsive with this file ...
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Grab - Impossible to take a snapshot of the window

When trying to take a snapshot of a Brackets window with Grab, I get this buggy error message: It says 'Impossible to take a snapshot of the window - The content of this window cannot be shared.' ...
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Split a single page PDF into multiple pages

Is there an easy way (in Preview or whatever) to scale up and split a PDF file with a single page into multiple pages? What I would like is to split say an A3 paper document into two A4 pages, to ...
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Move through images in a folder with Preview.app

When looking at an image in a directory with the Preview application, I'm used to the Windows behaviour of using the ←/→ keys to move through all the other viewable images in that ...
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Preview.app slideshow duration

I would like to use Preview for PDF presentations (slides). In Preview, Cmd+Ctrl+F is Enter Full Screen and Cmd+Shift+F is Slide Show. However, in full screen mode, there is a gray area around the ...
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Downloading a pdf from Chrome immediately opens it

I want to save some pdfs but whenever I do, it opens automatically in preview and is really annoying. How do I stop it?
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Why does rotating a TIFF in Preview increase the file size?

When I use Preview.app to rotate a .TIFF image file 90 degrees, the resulting file is about 10% to 20% larger. All I do is open, rotate, save; there is no exporting or "save as" changes. I've tried ...
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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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Automator task to open screenshots in Preview automatically

I'm pretty new to Automator but it seems like it's possible - I just can't seem to get it to work. I'd like to be able to take a screenshot and then open it up in Preview for easy annotation. If it's ...
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Hand tool in Preview.app 10.8.5 still not working with images

In Mountain Lion's Preview.app, the Hand tool that one can use to move enlarged documents around with the mouse, is missing. In post #58680 I found a solution offered by M K (15/02/2014) to press ...
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How to switch Preview's full screen default setting from “two-pages” to “continuous scroll”?

Whenever I open a pdf, Preview.app opens it in "continuous scroll" mode. However, when going into fullscreen mode, it switches to "two-pages" when, really, I want it to use whatever view mode I had it,...
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Always show markup toolbar in Preview

As the title says: is there a way to permanently show the markup toolbar in Preview? (working on OSX 10.10.1 Yosemite)
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“Import from Scanner” greyed out in Preview app

I have a Canon Pixma MG6300 printer/scanner for which I properly installed the drivers. I know it is supposed to show in the Preview app under File > Import from Scanner. This menu item, however, ...
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Preview.app and creating PDFs - Three methods - How do they differ?

Preview.app has three options for turning an image into a PDF: File > Export..., Format = PDF File > Export as PDF... File > Print..., Save as PDF The first method yields a PDF that looks exactly ...
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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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Spotlight / Finder - search words within files and preview occurrence

When searching for specific words inside documents, upon getting the results, is there a way to then preview in the document where that word occurs without having to first open the document and ...
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Blacking out a part of a PDF, or redaction of text

What methods are there to blackout a part of a PDF? I don't want to simply use Preview's annotation tools and then save the document, since then someone could open up the PDF and remove the ...
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Changing the shortcut for highlighting text in Preview

How do I change the keyboard shortcut for highlighting text in Preview (OS X Yosemite)? By default it is Ctrl+Command+H, but I'd prefer a different combination (maybe Ctrl+E) as that’s easier to use. ...