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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Where is Preview.app's .savedState?

Since Mac OS X Lion introduced the Resume feature, where applications save their open windows and document states, compatible applications have stored their window states to disk in the directory ...
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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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My custom shortcut for Preview app doesn't work

As you can see, I defined shortcut, restart system, but it is still not visible. Why?
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Duplicated pdf larger than original

I have a pdf which, when I duplicate it in Preview and save it, is substantially bigger afterwards: Before: $ pdfinfo manuscript-EditorComments.pdf Title: Subject: Keywords: Author: Rainer M ...
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Open two views of the same PDF

Is there a way to open two views of the same PDF in Preview (without creating two copies of the file), or perhaps split the window and show two different pages at the same time? This is very useful ...
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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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Wrong app is focused when quitting another one?

I have Firefox and the Finder open (neither are hidden), with PDF files in the current Finder window. If I open one of the PDF files, it opens in Preview. When I quit Preview, rather than Finder being ...
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Is it possible to rotate images in Preview in degrees other than 90?

I want to rotate an image in preview but I only need to move it a few degrees. Is this possible? Or can you only rotate 90 degrees?
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Vim/Emacs keybinding for `Preview.app`

Does anybody have ideas about using emacs/ vim key binding for Preview.app to browser pdf files and how?
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Preview won't remember the last viewed page of PDF

When I open a PDF file that was viewed days ago, Preview will open the first page. However, when I close it and open it again right now, it will open the right (last viewed) page. The option Start ...
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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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Is there a way to customize highlight colors in Preview (Mountain Lion and later)?

Since Mountain Lion, the highlight tool in 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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Application “Preview” is not letting me mail a pdf

Why can't I share a pdf file from the Application Preview and mail it in Yosemite?
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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 ...
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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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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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How to start a slideshow on the Mac super quick and easy?

This is one thing I don't quite get it for the Mac: why is it so hard to start a slideshow? The most often way is, I have several photos on the Desktop or in Downloads, and I double click to see the ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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Copy greyed out in Preview

I'm trying to copy an images from Preview and Copy is greyed out under Edit. Can anyone tell me how to get it on? Ygdrasill
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Preview: Close all windows, no questions asked

I am baffled by this behavior of preview. I use an ADF to scan large amounts of paper. I print them all into a PDF. and then I want to close them all, without saving. Instead, I get a save dialogue ...
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Preview sometimes loses the “done” button after a search (“find”)

Yosemite 10.10.3, preview 8.0: Some times when I have the "find" function activated, perhaps as a result of resizing the window, the find toolbar gets cut off so that I can see "Found on 38 pages" ...
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Display PDF version metadata of a PDF file

I am looking for a way to display a PDF file version metadata without having to open the file AcrobatPro. Example: PDF Version 1.4 : I can easily do this on PC: right click on file, properties, select ...
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Why is Preview printing blurry text when there is colour in a document?

When printing a colour document using Preview, some of the text is blurry. There are no problems printing the same document from Adobe Acrobat. Below is a scan of the Preview printout. There is no ...
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Need to automate copy / paste graphic selection from Preview to Google Doc

I need to paste sequential rectangular selections from a PNG opened in Preview into a designated Google Doc. I suspect AppleScript is the best candidate for this, but I'm open to using a more ...
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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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Closing Preview documents without confirmation dialog AND without quitting Preview

Is there any way to close "Untitled" Preview documents without getting the confirmation dialog box (where it asks "Do you want to save the changes made to the document ....?")? I don't want to just ...
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How to export a table with transparency from Numbers to PNG?

If I copy a table from Numbers to the pasteboard and then create a new document in Preview, it usually works fine, but if cells contain partially transparent background or border colors (especially ...
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How to reduce lag when scrolling in Preview?

I have a large pdf file and I was wondering how I could decrease the lag when scrolling. I tried breaking the file into smaller sections (roughly 20 page chunks) but that didn't help. I'm thinking ...
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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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How to merge two JPEG files back into a single JPEG (Both sides of a receipt in single image)

How to merge two JPEG files back into a single JPEG (Both sides of a receipt in single image) without using any third party software like Gimp etc... constraints/situation in my case I had only 2 ...
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Preview hangs no matter what I do

This question is a sequel of Preview hangs when I try to change a PDF but unfortunately it's getting bigger and bigger. Each time I open a PDF I get the spinning wait cursor instead of the normal ...