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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Preview cannot be closed unless it has focus

My Environment: Mac OS X Mavericks 10.9.2 Mac Pro 2 x 2.4 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon 32 GB Memory Problem: I tried to illustrate the problem using the image below: In Mac OS X 10.8.5, I could ...
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automator script to import last image in iphone to the mac's desktop and delete it from the iphone

I need a way to easily perform the following: import the last image saved on the camera roll on the iphone (it will always be the same iphone, can be hardcoded on the script) into the desktop ...
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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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Adding page numbers and running head to a pdf file

I have several documents that I need to combine into a single pdf. I know that I can do this with Preview. However, it would be really nice if I could add page numbers to the resulting pdf, as well as ...
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To have Adobe Flash media in Preview

I have a PDF document which has SWF file embedded (Adobe flash media). Preview -program does not show it, but Adobe Reader shows it. How can you have Adobe Flash in Preview?
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How to reduce lag when scrolling in Preview?

I have a large .pdf file (it's an electronic textbook) and was wondering how I could decrease the lag when scrolling. I tried breaking it up into smaller sections (about 20-page pdf's) but that didn't ...
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Is there a way to add searchable tags to individual pages in a PDF?

Similar to the way Youtube videos are tagged, I would like to be add tags to individual pages in a PDF based on what they're about. Ideally it would work so that if I tag a page "apple orange banana ...
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How do I batch convert a bunch of pngs or other images into a single PDF on Mavericks?

I took a bunch of screenshots and I want to make them pages in a single PDF. Selecting all four in Preview and exporting to PDF only exports two (?), separately. The "Export to PDF" File menu function ...
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Can Preview on Mountain Lion make animated pictures from a sequence of PNG?

I seem to recall making animated GIF from Preview.app on earlier OS, but can't find the options to make a GIF on the latest version of the app. Can I use 10.8 Preview to make animated PNG or GIF?
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RMB menu on document title in Preview gone with Mavericks?

One of the greatest features OS X had (inherited from NextStep AFAIK) was the fact that the document name in a window's title could be right-clicked in order to get a drop-down menu with the parent ...
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Why preview.app refuse to open local link in PDFs

I'm trying to make a pdf with link in it to open local video files. I succeeded to do it with Acrobat, and Reader open the files correctly. But Preview.app refuses. Regular http link are correctly ...
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Convert HTML to PDF with page margins and hyperlinks

Unfortunately, it would appear that Safari doesn't support CSS2 page margins from CSS2 recommendation circa 1998, whereas all other major browsers now do. However, when printing out an HTML page, it ...
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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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printing an email attachment on apple computer in pdf preview help

i opened a file attachment and am trying to print from an apple computer. it's in pdf preview. it's looks huge on the screen but tabs and all are inline. but when i click print and it shows a preview ...
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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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PostScript questions on Macs with either Preview or Macghostview

1) The PC implementation of Ghostview has a "Safer" option, checked by default, that prevents file creation (so that running a .ps file can't hurt anything in the environment). One must uncheck ...
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Preview search function returns blank results

I'm having trouble finding pages when I query for a string in Preview, where actual results are mixed in with meaningless, blank results. For example, when I search for B-tree in my algorithms book, I ...
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If a Finder window is opened while another Finder window exists, cmd+w will exit to the other Finder window, not previous app I am working on

Example 1: Suppose I open up a Finder window, then I start to browse in Chrome. After a while I forgot there is already a Finder instance, and open up a new Finder window. Upon hitting ⌘+w to close ...
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Cut two pages by Preview at once

When scanning documents, many pages in a row have the same problem. An example where a lot of white empty space in the corner: The application Preview allows selecting the area in a row along the ...
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How to get the hand tool back in Preview.app in 10.8?

In Mountain Lion's Preview.app the toolbar was changed quite drastically. While I can see why they did it, I found that it misses the Hand tool that one can use to move enlarged documents around with ...
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How can I change the font used in Preview PDF notes?

As of Mountain Lion, Preview has been "upgraded" with a ridiculous font choice for its Notes (Control-Command-N). I use them all the time in PDF files and suffer from the Comic Sans feeling of Marker ...
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How can I rotate my images directly from the finder?

I would like to rotate my images directly from the Finder. The best would be one of these: a button to click in the menu bar of every Finder's window a button to click in Quicklook But, if it ...
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Apple's Preview prints in middle of page

Apple's Preview app always prints in the center of the page, rather than at top & left margins. This is true regardless of the scale (% size) an image is printed at. I'm hoping there's a way to ...
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Preview.app: How can I quickly find all highlights with specific colour in PDF?

I have a couple of PDFs (some of which are 500+ pages long). In these PDFs I made a lot of highlights, when I read through them. I came up with a colouring system, such that each colour is associated ...
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OSX file navigation for pictures like windows

In windows I can hold control and use my arrow keys. When I find a file I want to be included in the group selection I hit the space bar(I think this is how it works) and it will add to the selected ...
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Can Apple Preview display the page size (dimensions in inches) of a PDF?

If I open a PDF file using Adobe Acrobat, when I select File then Properties, I can see that the Page Size is 11 x 8.5 in. Is there a way to access this information in Apple Preview?
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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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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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Shorcut to pan in Preview?

Is there a shortcut (or the ability to assign one) to pan in Preview app? It is quite troublesome to keep moving the mouse to and fro the scrollbars when we want to scroll.
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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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Show table of contents when opening PDF in Preview

Is there any way I can force Preview to always show the table of contents when opening a PDF? Most of the PDFs I use have a ToC, so this would save me the extra step from having to enable the ToC ...