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 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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Change background colour for PDF when Viewing

When a PDF is opened, its actual background color is often white. On Windows, several PDF viewers have the ability to set the background color to another one, which doesn't modify the PDF file itself. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 annotation....
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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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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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Preview - Export to PDF without margins

Preview (like most Mac apps) can print to PDFs, and even has a shortcut for this functionality via a menu option Export as PDF.... I have a scanned document in .tiff format that I'd like to convert to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...