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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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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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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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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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 ...