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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Search for a string in Preview

I use Preview's Command-F (find) to search for C# in the pdf document. However, the result is not for 'C#', but just 'C': I get hundreds of meaningless search results. How can I get the search result ...
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How do I use Mac's Preview application text speech feature?

How could I let Preview start speaking a selected paragraph? I found the speech menu item in the edit menu but this starts speaking from the beginning of the document!
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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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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 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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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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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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Preview hangs when opening any image or pdf

Recently Preview has started hanging for me whenever I open any pdf or image. I keep getting the spinning balloon of death and am unable to do anything in Preview, so I have to force-quit the ...
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Change canvas size in Preview.app without scaling image?

I have a PNG that I want to add additional content to. For this I need to increase the canvas size of the image: Just make the image larger, but without scaling the existing contents (which the Adjust ...
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Reopen PDF in Preview on the same page when modified externally

In Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks when a PDF document opened in Preview is modified by an external application, Preview automatically reopens the new version with the same page displayed as before. After ...
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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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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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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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Closing 128 new Preview documents without saving

I opened 128 .png files in Preview, hoping to use it to create a PDF out of them, as I believe was possible in earlier versions using the New from clipboard trick, but apparently, on Yosemite, not any ...
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Reduce image file size to certain size

I have some tiff files of (scanned docs) which are too large than required. I tried to export with Preview while applying filter "Reduce File Size". The new file came out to be quite small 36KB ...
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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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How to print an image across two pages

I have a long image that's about 8 inches wide by 20 inches tall. It's open in Preview. For the life of me, I can't figure out how to get the top half of the image to print on one sheet of letter ...
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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 do I transfer a photo in Preview to iPhoto?

I have a Photo in Preview. How do I move it to iPhoto?
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Can you add blank space to a photo in Mac Preview?

I would like to add a title above or below a photo that is open in Preview. I know how to annotate the photo that writes over the photo. I want to add a new blank area where I can put the ...
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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 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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OSX Preview: Bug in the size of PDF Highlights

When I highlight text in OSX's Preview the size of the highlight becomes huge. These two images illustrate the problem (In the first image I am highlighting the text and the highlight is normal, in ...
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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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Disable autosave in Preview

Preview, by default, persists edits to the underlying file immediately. (i.e. if you crop something, the underlying file becomes cropped). I find this behavior very irritating. I tried enabling ...
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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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Starting Preview without opening previous PostScript documents

I'm running the latest version of OS X and Preview is hanging whenever I try to start it. It attempts to open the documents which I previously had open, which is ~10 PDFs and ~3 PostScript files, and ...
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Maintaining Aspect Ratio while Image Cropping using Preview

I like the convenience of being able to crop jpg/png images with Preview, but I would also like to be able occasionally to restrict the aspect ratio of the cropped image. This is useful, for instance, ...
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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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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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Keep Preview from autoresizing print output

Whenever I want to print a PDF file from Preview, the print dialog defaults to shrink the page to fit the bounds of the page. I have to manually select scale: and enter 100 into the text field. Is ...
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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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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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Force Preview to open all selected images in one window

Before mavericks, selecting several images in Finder and choosing Open on them would open them in Preview in one window, with all image thumbnails nicely on the left hand side bar. Since Mavericks, ...
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Change font style for pdf's using Preview

As shown in the screenshot there are no options for changing the font under tools. I went through all main menu options and no features for manipulating the color, size, etc are there. This should be ...
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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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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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Can you higlight a region (*not* text) in Preview?

I often have to work with large scanned pdf documents (law reports, not that it matters). It's quite handy to be able to highlight key passages, but for the most part these documents have not been ...
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Preview is closed in Mavericks when last window is closed

I did the direct jump from Snow Leopard to Mavericks and there is possibility that I have missed some changes in the versions in between. Nonetheless, here is my problem: When I open a document ...
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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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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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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 ...