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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Quick Look sometimes shows blank panel in Mavericks

I have OSX 10.9.2 and on some photos the Preview shows blank panel instead of the image. Sometimes it opens the image, other times it's blank (for the same image). I can't find similar reports on ...
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Disable scroll-induced antialiasing in Preview and other PDF applications

Scrolling (with two fingers on the trackpad) in Preview.app (and TeXShop.app) annoyingly blurs PDF text and I would like to disable the over-compensating anti-aliasing. I like the anti-aliasing while ...
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How to disable Acrobat Reader in Safari?

In Safari, the default PDF-Viewer in Safari is "Preview". Unfortunately, since I installed the Acrobat Reader, this default changed to the Acrobat Reader, which is extremely annoying. How can I ...
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Can I control how Preview decides to group documents when opening them all at once?

I use Preview frequently for the task of combining multiple PDFs. Typically, these PDFs are all created within a few minutes of one another, and when opening from the Finder, they all open in the same ...
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Is there a way to customize highlight colors in Preview (Mountain Lion)?

The highlight tool in Mountain Lion's Preview allows one to select among a small number of colors. Is there a way to customize the colors (add to or change)?
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Unable to select and highlight on Preview in OSX Lion

I've been trying to highlight my pdf notes on preview, but am unable to select or highlight a single sentence. When I try to highlight, it just shows the chosen highlight colour on the whole page, ...
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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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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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Why do PDF forms/annotations filled in using Preview.app appear blank to Windows/Adobe users?

If I fill out a PDF form using Preview.app on Mac OS X, and email it to a Windows user, it appears to be blank when they open it in Acrobat. The same applies to some (most?) annotations. How can I ...
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How to drag icon in Preview to a folder and copy instead of aliasing?

After downloading a PDF, Preview automatically opens and I'm able to look at the file. Often times I want to move the file to somewhere other than Downloads. In Mavericks I'm able to click on the ...
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iPhone & pro filming, Using iPhone as a monitor

Can I use my iPhone as an external monitor for my camcorder, when the camera is mounted onto a jib?
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Extract an image file of my signature from Preview?

The Preview application in OS X Lion includes the ability to take a screen capture of your written signature and save it for later application in to any PDF file. Where does Preview store the image ...
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Retrieve image coordinates at mouse cursor in Preview.app

Is there any means of retrieving the current pixel coordinates within an image where the mouse cursor is? (Failing this, are there any stock OS X tools that can easily do this?)
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Color Profiles Wonky - Mac OSX / Photoshop, PDFs, etc

Been trying to print a simple JPEG file (set in RGB mode) to my HP 3511 Deskjet. I know my printer is capable of printing in color. It's done it before. I did a test print the other night through HP, ...
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How to automatically highlight and save the search keyword in a pdf?

How to dynamically highlight and save, the keyword searched in a pdf document, with the Preview application? For example, I want to highlight all the 'Apple' keyword in a document and save it, so ...
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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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Who is the kid on Preview app icon? [closed]

Who's this kid? btw, I am also sure that, he's now not that much innocent, he grew up. Its also noticeable that with release of Yosemite, the Preview app icon get changed.
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How can I generate a password-less version of a protected PDF?

I have a PDF file that has been password protected. I know the password. The password's only use, in our case, is to protect the PDF during email transmission. Now that I have the PDF, I'd like to ...
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open image full screen with “open -a Preview”

Using osx 10.9.3 I would like to write a script that opens images full-screen with preview but I can't seem to find the command line options for the Preview application.
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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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Preview: Opening more than 12 pdf files in new windows

I've noticed that whenever I have 12 or more pdf files open at one time (each in a separate window) and attempt to open an additional pdf, this additional pdf opens in the same window as the pdf on ...
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Mavericks - Tell application “Preview” open PDF - strange permission issue

I have recently moved a large research collection of PDF files, from a Snow Leopard 10.6.8 TimeMachine disk, to my new rMBP (to the internal flash storage). I did this manually, not through the ...
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Removing pages from a sub-document

I have ten documents, 01.pdf to 10.pdf, that I would like to print. But some have cover pages that I'd like to remove. I'd like to avoid doing this manually ten times. I'm halfway there. I can open ...
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Two page continuous view in Lion Preview?

Is there some way to get back the side-by-side page view from Snow Leopard with the continuous scrolling? From the View menu in Lion Preview, it appears they're mutually exclusive now. I can't help ...
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How to change the color of text highlighting in Preview using a shortcut?

I need to highlight/underline a lot of text and tend to use specific colors for different things. Accessing via the dropdown menu in Preview is very slow, does any one know a way to change the color ...
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How to swtich 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 ...
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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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Lightweight PDF reader with auto refresh

I'm looking for a PDF reader that is both light weight and automatically updates the PDF to pickup background changes (e.g. when a LaTeX file is edited and compiled). There are two very good choices ...
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Difficulties opening PDFs in Preview

When I am working with 10 – 15 open windows in Preview I often accounter the problem that I can't open a new PDF-window. Instead I need to open it in iBooks to make it work. I have no other PDF ...
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mac os preview: linked pdf and going back

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? Thanks in advance
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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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Remove author metadata from PDF annotations in preview?

I need to provide comments on PDFs as part of the refereeing process for journal articles. How can I remove my name from the annotations I've made using Mac Preview? (they can be seen in Inspector: ...
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How can I save all modified files in Preview in one go?

When I open several images in preview and apply quick modifications in succession I would like to close preview and save all the files without questions. Unfortunately preview keeps asking for each ...
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PDF from Windows shows up fine on screen in Preview but prints as question marks in boxes

Similar - yet puzzlingly different from this question: This PDF displays with question marks instead of letters My case shows up fine on the screen, but prints with question marks in boxes (as seen, ...
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Is there an easy way in Mavericks to shae a PDF file directly from Safari into iBooks?

Safari loads and displays .PDF files nicely. iBooks is Apple's PDF reader app for sync'd and offline access. To move files currently, I have to: right-click in Safari to open the PDF in Preview; ...
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Customize the granularity of native application zooming in OS X?

In apps like Preview, Cmd + = and Cmd + - perform the menu items Zoom In and Zoom Out, and zoom the content natively with no loss of image quality, (at least for zoom levels up to 'actual size'), as ...
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Preview files in finder without quicklook

I'm a programmer and I use a lot of different file types that are all plain text. I would like to view the contents of the files in finder, but not in QuickLook, rather in the right-most preview ...
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Apple Preview Not displaying Highlights in sidebar

highlights and notes not displaying properly in preview; just see little boxes; how can I get them to display properly in the sidebar?
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How can I print this PDF and fill an A4 page?

I have this PDF. It's a simple grid created in Pixelmator with lines every 500 pixels. I want to use it as a template for drawing over a Wacom tablet. For some reason, no matter what I do, print ...
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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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QuickLook set app to display preview

Is it possible to set the app that displays the QuickLook preview in OS X? I'm developing iOS apps and I have Xcode installed, but when I open the QuickLook preview of a Source-Code file, the ...
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Can you add up front size at Preview?

Preview is a very useful application on OS X, for example, when I am previewing a .doc document, can I increase the preview's font size? command++ does not work.
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How do I edit PDF Annotation Text Properties after creation?

When I have a form that I don't want to print out and write on, I can simply use Preview.app's PDF Annotations feature in order to fill in the necessary fields, and print out the final result. I have ...
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Right-clicking PDF in Safari shows “Open with Safari.app” not “Open with Preview.app”

Obligatory system info: I have a late-2013 retina MBP 15" running OS X Mavericks 10.9.2 and Safari 7.0.3, although I've had this bug for years (I think), even on my previous Mac, whose data was ...
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Change title of bookmark in Preview

In Preview.app (Mavericks version) bookmarks can be added (Cmd-D) to a PDF file and shown in the sidebar. The bookmarks all get the same title, which seems to be an excerpt from the first line(s) of ...
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Preview copies aliens. How to change the encoding/make it work?

Preview copies aliens! Literally. Here is a screenshot: The text selected on the pdf was copied (Cmd+C) and pasted (Cmd+V) from Preview to TextEdit. What did I get? A bunch of aliens. I'm guessing ...
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Possible to send an image from Preview app to Adobe Photoshop?

I would like to have a button or configurable keyboard shortcut to send the image in active Preview app to Adobe Photoshop. It will also be useful if I can specify which version of Photoshop to open ...
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Meaning of square brackets in a Preview search

I recently needed to search for a string enclosed in square brackets in a PDF document. So I typed [concept] into the search field (including the square brackets). The result surprised me, as I got a ...
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Page-down/page-up from the keyboard in Preview.app's continuous scroll?

How do you page-down/page-up in Preview.app's continuous scroll mode? When I hit the page-down button on my keyboard, instead of showing me the next page worth of the PDF, it scrolls me to a new page ...
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Preview resets “view port” when refreshing document

I use Preview to display PDF files generated from LaTeX source. On smaller screens, I often need to zoom in to certain parts of the document as I work on it. But when I make updates to the LaTeX ...