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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Preview accessing closed files (El Cap 10.11.3)

on El Cap (I noticed this since upgrade to 10.11.3) Preview keeps accessing closed PDF files, which means I cannot empty the trash. In fact the problem exists even if Preview is not running. I open ...
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What is special about Preview added text or shape elements? Can I move other elements besides these?

I found that if I use Preview to open a PDF file, and use its tools to add text, or shape elements such as arrows, ellipse, rectangle, then I can use Preview to edit them. But if the items are not ...
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How to solve the problem of not being able to highlight particular text in PDF and ebooks?

Short question: in some cases, you cannot highlight some text in a PDF using Preview, because it seems some "structures" is overlapping the text, so if you highlight a line or a few words, all the ...
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Preview seems to have corrupted PDF and lost all text and arrow annotations

I have used Preview to create a number of annotations for a PDF file. The annotations are a mix of boxes, ovals, text, arrows, etc… Upon exiting and reopening Preview, it seems to have lost the ...
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10.11.2: QuickLook and thumbnails crashing finder

I have a strange problem: Finder crashes ("not responding") after performing one of these: pressing space on a file that can be previewed with QuickLook, e.g. a sound file or an image simply ...
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Is there a way to disable incremental search search on a Mac, especially in Preview?

Sometimes when typing a search term in the search bar in Preview or Spotlight the text entry locks up for a few seconds. I assume this happens because it is beginning to search on the letters I've ...
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Remove items from conextual menu?

I used this thread to make my own "Search with Chrome" Service. But when i right click some highlighted text in Preview.app it lists both "Search with Google" and "Search with Chrome." "Search with ...
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Highlighting in Preview not visible in other software

Is there a way to make highlighting done in Preview visible in other software? In particular interested in whether it can be seen in Adobe Reader. Really would like to avoid installing Adobe as it ...
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Search text annotations in Mac Preview

I've added text annotations to a pdf with Tools > Annotate > Text. I'd like to search the text for a specific word, like 'Todo'. Unfortunately, doing a cmd+F to search for this text doesn't work....
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Preview Markup Sketch tool - Disable auto modification

Whenever I sketch something in Preview using the sketch tool found in the markup toolbox, it keeps on modifying my drawings. This is a big nuisance, how do I disable this feature?
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Is there a “Fill With Color” feature in Preview?

Coming from a MS Paint background for quick image editions, is there an analogue feature to its Fill With Color in Preview? Basically it lets you fill an area delimited by the same color with a new ...
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Auto rotate photos and save them afterwards (perhaps using Preview?)

So I was previewing some photos using Preview app and I notice that Preview (at least on 10.10.5 Yosemite) automatically fixes rotation issues on the thumbnail on the left. e.g. photo is upside-down ...
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Working with attachments **to** a PDF file in Preview

I've got a PDF that has something else (actually, another PDF) as an attachment. Like most Mac users I use Preview by default to view PDFs, and Preview gives no indication that I can find that there ...
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Disable ESC key yielding list of word suggestions when pressed in Preview in OSX 10.11.2

In preview (and apparently also in other Apple apps like Keynote, although I cannot reproduce), I get the unexpected behavior of getting a list of words when pressing the escape key in an empty search ...
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Is it possible to reduce the minimum width of a Preview window?

I sometimes have numerous small images open (in separate windows) and I need all images displayed at the same time. With each image centered in its window, there's a lot of wasted screen space. If I ...
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El Capitan Preview PDF highlighter yellow color changed

I originally upgraded from OS X Mavericks to El Capitan, and when I edit PDF files, my default highlighter is the bright yellow color (bottom example of the image). However, recently, after I changed ...
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Problems saving edited PDFs stored in iBooks library

I am using iBooks 1.3 on OS x 10.11.1. My iBooks library consists mostly of some PDF textbooks, which I hadn't looked at for a while. Now I opened one of them again, in Preview, and highlighted a few ...
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After upgrading to El Capitan, Preview opens the sidebar. How can I permanently disable it without having coding skills?

After upgrading to El Capitan, Preview opens the sidebar. How can I permanently disable it without having coding skills? I saw other answers to this annoying problem, but I don't have the capacity to ...
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Disable automatic “ligature” handling in PDF/Preview on El Capitan

I may have found a serious bug in EC... As a college student I frequently need to copy and paste short passages out of PDF documents into other documents (e.g. for quoting). Previously, on Yosemite, ...
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Preview: recently viewed items list not refreshing

My problem is that Preview.app recently viewed items (right click on icon or swipe three fingers down when app is active) does not refreshing itself just when I run killall Dock. If anyone could help ...
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Photos - Preview works, but corrupt on import

I'm trying to import photos from a canon 7d camera. One the camera, the photos are fine, in photos in the import preview the photos are fine, but when I import they get corrupted. I've tried multiple ...
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Shortcut to open just saved PDF in Preview

I find myself often having to search for a PDF I just created to open it in Preview. This waste of time is begging for automation, though can't figure out how to do this in Keyboard Maestro, for ...
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Preview looks cleaner when changing page

I was reading a pdf document in full screen mode with preview (MBP mid-2009 with El Capitan) and I've noticed something wired : the document is prettier right when I'm scrolling pages. Is this a ...
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How to add export formats to Preview.app?

Is there any way to teach Preview how to export/save (and not just import/open) additional formats? If so, how? As you may know, Apple has removed several export formats from the default dialog in ...
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Move file to pre-selected folder in Preview

I have the following problem when saving PDFs in Preview from Safari: normally, one can choose the folder to move the document clicking the titlebar (my preferred method). After opening a PDF Preview ...
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Preview freezes whenever I try to edit and save a pdf

Preview always freezes (beachball) whenever I try to modify and save a .pdf. I've tried resetting the preferences for Preview (as per Preview hangs when opening any image or pdf) and have also tried ...
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PDFs showing blank pages in all apps on El Capitan

Hey I'm having an issue where if I open PDFs then sometimes the last few pages are just totally blank. Then sometimes it doesn't display any of the pages at all, and sometimes it works fine. I can't ...
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How to transparently mark a picture in preview?

I've successfully marked a picture with preview. The only part left is to make that mark transparent so it doesn't block the whole picture. How do I do that? Here's an example of what I'm trying to ...
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Is there a PDF annotation application for OS X that doesn't suck?

I am starting to hate OS X. I've tried many PDF applications to read and annotate PDF documents. Skim was good until OS X El Captain. It became useless for annotation (by annotation, I mean drawing ...
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Change Preview Highlighter color

is there a way to change the highlighter colors back before capitan update? better yet, choose your own colors i loved the vibrant colors used prior. now the new colors are boring, "lowlighters". ...
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Can I set Hide Sidebar as default in Preview

Preview has become rather annoying. I found a post to Hide Sidebar http://apple.stackexchange.com/a/213395/19086 Even worse, if I select Full Screen mode I get Sidebar plus 2 pages side by side (...
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Convert XPS to PDF

I have been given an XPS file which seems to be readily opened only on Windows based machines. I was under the impression that I could use Acrobat Pro to convert the file to PDF, but it doesn't seem ...
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Set Preview to open PDFs in Thumbnail View by default on El Capitan

I can find nowhere to set Preview to default to Thumbnail View with all PDFs. I use them every day. I have ticked Thumbnails in the View menu but it does nothing. Does anyone know how to set the ...
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How to move a file from within the app to another folder?

When I download a PDF from Safari and it opens automatically (which I want), I then want to be able to drag the document title thumbnail to a folder and MOVE it to that folder. Instead, it creates an ...
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Do not let the viewer go to the first page systematically

I edit tex files with Emacs under Mac OS X 10.10.1, compile tex pdf and view it with Preview. The problem is that each time the code is modified and re-compiled, the viewer systematically goes to the ...
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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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El Capitan issue: Drag-and-Drop to open an image with the Preview.app in the Finder Toolbar not working

El Capitan issue: Drag-and-Drop to open an image with the Preview.app in the Finder Toolbar is not working ... dragging an image over the preview.app icon in my finder windows toolbar it results in an ...
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How to prevent annoying Preview in El Capitan from showing thumbnails?

I never used thumbnails when opening PDFs, but El Capitan decided I have to see them. And there is no option to disable permanently. If I reopen a document where I disabled them, most of the times ...
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Remember last windows size in Preview

Anyone knows how I can make Preview to open in the same size as last time it had been opened? E.g. when I open a PDF in Preview and set the zoom to 150%, then quit Preview, next time I open another ...
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OS X 10.11 El Capitan Preview's print preview different from print result

I've noticed something strange with printing PDFs via Preview on OS X 10.11 El Capitan. I've been printing PDF slides at 6 slides a page and they have always turned out like Figure 1. After the ...
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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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Firefox links to local pdf s don't open in Preview

In Firefox 41.0.1 on Macosx 10.8.3, file:///long/path/xx.pdf copies the pdf to ~/Documents but doesn't display it. Neither Firefox Preferences Applications->PDF "Preview in Firefox", nor "use ...
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Preview Printing Off Paper/Center

When I Print a PDF or a Picture in Preview the Print Preview looks good. When I go to print it's off center by about half the page. Doesn't matter if The Auto Rotate is on/off or Orientation, paper ...
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Automatically hide sidebar in preview

I recently upgraded to El Capitan. Whenever I open an pdf file of more than 1 pages, Preview opens the sidebar. Is there a way to permanently disable it?
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Why does the add text comment font change if I open the pdf in preview after editing on Adobe Reader

Why does the add text comment font change if I open the pdf in preview after editing on Adobe Reader? I want to create a blank pdf page in the middle of my document. It seems like I can only do this ...
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Extract PDF Annotations in Automator isn't getting the content

OSX Yosemite 10.10.5. I'm using Preview.app to annotate PDFs. Now I want to extract all of the annotations from the documents, so I open Automator.app and connect the "Get Specified Finder Items" and "...
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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. ...
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What can cause the same app appears twice in app switcher?

Something strange happened today. Preview had just launched after export of a PDF (I have the option "open after export" selected in InDesign), so I was switching between apps, and I noticed two ...
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How do I edit (remove frames from) an animated GIF using Preview (Mountain Lion)

I've been able to access the animated GIF, similarly to this thread, but I want to remove frames from the GIF. Is this possible with Preview, or do I need to use a different software?
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How to print PDF with Preview by specifying custom list of page ranges?

I'd like to print PDF file using Preview (I'm using 7.0), however I can't find any way of specifying list of pages as below: Of course I could select the pages in sidebar, but if I've long list (e....