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: 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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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OS X 10.10.5 Preview App

Highlight drop down menu is greyed out on OS X 10.10.5 in my preview.app. I understand that's where the Alpha tool is? Suggestions please for gaining access to that menu command?
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Change how many 'recent' files are shown in Preview's “Open Recent…” menu

I cannot find anything in the preferences to do this, but I would like to be able to lengthen the list that Preview offers in the "Open Recent" menu. Right now it displays the 9 most recent files. I ...
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Is there a good alternative to Preview specifically for viewing PDF textbooks?

Preview is great for working with documents, but it isn't very good at handling large textbook navigation and reading. Performance is surprisingly bad, especially compared to viewing the exact same ...
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Code viewer with color syntax integrated to the finder preview panel

On Windows there is a great extension for the preview panel. It shows the content of the selected file as if it was opened in a code editor. This is integrated into the preview panel (no popup window)...
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How to set default scroll option for full-screen mode in Mac Preview?

Mac Preview always opens in single page or double page view when going to full-screen mode while I prefer continuous scroll. I know I could press CMD+1 every time but is there a way to set this scroll ...
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Preview hangs when I try to change a PDF

The Preview app hangs whenever I try to edit a PDF/adding text in fields. I try to repair the permissions/reboot but it doesn't change the behavior. Here's the console messages: 07/09/2015 10:32:30,...
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Editing and syncing a pdf file on Mac and iPad through iBooks

I'd like to work on a draft pdf file on both a Mac and an iPad and see the edits syncing invisibly in the background. I create a new directory mkdir ~/latex and save the following latex in ~/latex/...
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Error 43, unable to open files on external hard drive using Preview

Using Snow Leopard 10.6.8 I can't access files with Preview on my 2011 WD myBook 1TB external hard drive. When I try to open a file it says "application can't be found" follows up with "an ...
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Finder preview by file type in different views

I've investigated when will the Finder show a preview of some file and when it will only show a partial preview. For example, txt files are only read 204KB and displayed partially. png always has a ...
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Preview.app can't open pdf after Adobe Acrobat Installation

After installing adobe acrobat I can no longer use preview.app or apps like clearview to open pdf files under my account. I have tried creating a new user, and logged in, and i can view it no problem....
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Why does Preview display an edited image size smaller than the actual size in Finder?

I have recently purchased a new 15" MBP and noticed that when I export an image from Photo to my desktop and then reduce its size in Preview, the file size displayed in Preview is much smaller than ...
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Edit Table of Contents in Preview?

In Preview, is there a way to change/edit the names of links in the Table of Contents of a pdf? Thanks in advance!
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Preview.app custom keyboard shortcuts broken after Yosemite upgrade

While running Mavericks, I added Control-P and Control-N as shortcuts for Preview.app. Sort of Emacs-like page turning. It worked fine. After upgrading to Yosemite, these keyboard shortcuts no ...
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removing pages from a PDF increases size [duplicate]

I have a 100-page PDF document, whose size is about 1MB. Using Preview, I exported 2 pages (that contain only text, no graphics, nothing fancy) to a new PDF. The size of the new file is also about 1MB,...
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Open second PDF file with hyperlink in first PDF file

I have two PDF files: First PDF file has a content page Second PDF is the relative data (30 pages) My requirement is to be able to click on the first PDF document, on a hyperlink for it to be ...
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Snapping Preview windows with BetterTouchTool make search buggy

I use BetterTouchTool in order to be able to maximise windows to half the screen by dragging them agains the edge of the screen. When I do this with Preview windows and then attempt to search in the ...
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Where's the Edit Toolbar Button in Preview Application

I can't find the Edit Button to toggle the Edit Toolbar in the Preview Application Here's a screencap of a file that's open in editor: On the support page Mac Basics: Preview app views and edits ...
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Losing alpha when exporting raster graphics in Preview 8.0

In preparing various documents, I often convert images from one format to another via Preview. Since my last upgrade of Preview, however, it seems that when saving as a raster format (e.g., PNG), ...
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How to create a keyboard shortcut for Preview `Move To…`

Using App shortcuts in System Preferences -> Keywords allows me to create a shortcut but it does not work when I try it in Preview. I tried the following keybindings (which do not conflict with ...
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View recently closed files (e.g., in Preview) on OS X?

Mac OS X has built-in features for viewing recently opened applications, or recently opened files in applications. I open lots of files in Preview and keep some of them open for a long time, usually ...
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How to reedit annotations in Preview on Mac?

After PDF was annotated, saved and PDF closed I want to reopen PDF but I can not anymore edit it, can not select annotations, arrows. Any workaround?
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How to export multiple PDF pages into 1 PDF

I have opened all of my PDF's in Preview (Mac). I then drag-n-droped the PDFs to make a master list of PDF's. Question How do I export all of the pages into 1 PDF? What I tried File -> Export as ...
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what is the way to group and/or “select all edits” command in Preview 8.0

I mistakenly and very quickly did a keyboard command to select all edits [as opposed to select all, which otherwise makes the whole doc light blue]-- anybody know these features and how to command ...
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OSX 10.10, “Preview” printing

OSX 10.10, How do I get "Preview" to print the File Titles along with the "picture"?
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Preview print dialog defaults to Scale to Fit or Print Entire Image

When printing a PDF file from Preview, the print dialog defaults to "Scale to Fit / Print Entire Image", and the default scale is some arbitrary number. To get 100% scale requires clicking "Scale" ...
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“Preview not open any more”

This seems to be a well known problem but I did not see any satisfactory solutions. Preview just stops working after using it for too long, or opening too many pictures, producing the message above. ...
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Fill an area selected using 'Instant Alpha' with a specific color in Photos

In the Photos.app I am using Markup Toolbar in conjunction with screenshot editor. How can I fill an area I selected using Instant Alpha with a specific color?
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Preview does not work on iPhone 5

I have a problem with preview with my iphone 5. My mac is 2012 and running Yosemite. When I go to the "import from iPhone" I get the usual window, but when I drag and drop some photos / videos, it ...
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Add outline to text in Preview

Preview use to support adding an outline to text. Using a black outline with white fill for lettering was really nice for making words visible on dynamic backgrounds. Has this feature been removed ...
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Is there a way to disable smoothing in Preview when in free hand mode?

I'm using a Wacom tablet and want to add handwriting to a PDF document. I go into freehand mode and my writing keeps getting auto converted to shapes due to the auto smoothing. It's quite annoying. ...
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Open Preview for iPhone and SD card

Is there a way to automatically open Preview whenever I plug my iPhone in my Mac to import the photos? Also want to do this when connecting my Nikon SD card. I just hate this new Photos app, I prefer ...
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Preview disables clickable links in PDF files

When a Mac Preview user sees a link in the PDF and tries to click it nothing happens, although the mouse cursor changes indicating that the link is clickable. Users using other applications than Mac ...
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How do I get the location of a locked file in Preview?

I used to be able to Right-click or Command-click the name of the file in the title bar and see the path, whether the file was locked or not. Now when I open an attachment from Outlook (yes, I know it'...
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Preview randomly unable to display certain documents

On the MBA of a friend (10.10.3) when I double click on PDF or JPG files to open them with Preview, the app opens but the file does not display 90% of the time. If I press Space the document displays ...
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Exponential PDF File Size in Preview

I have word document (.docx on a mac) at 3.4 MB. When I save it to PDF it becomes a whomping 90 MB. I can't make it smaller and I can't figure out why it's happening. Here are the details: I've ...
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How do I use a numerical variable and a loop in automator?

Since scripting is not that powerful in case of Preview.app, I am trying to find the solution with Automator. Here's the problem: I've got a protected pdf file of 130 pages. It happens that I can't ...
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Where is Preview storing the data to reopen a PDF at the last page ? OS X Lion

I can see how to turn this behavior off in a previous question at How to set Preview to start on the last viewed page? But what file is/was storing this persistent data about the last page read of a ...
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Maintaining zoom to page width in Preview (or any other viewer) for documents with landscape and portrait pages

Whenever opening PDFs in Preview my preference is to set the zoom to the page width. This setting does not perform if the document contains landscape and portrait pages. The Preview adjusts zoom to ...
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Prevent a force quit program from opening the windows again in Yosemite [duplicate]

I've been using the Preview app to read some pdfs. Yesterday, I opened a dozen of them, and after using the search function in one big document, the whole app froze. I force quit, but now, every time ...
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Embedded video in pdf file doesn't work in Preview

I worked with LaTeX and I created a pdf document that contains some embedded videos. The videos pop up when I click on them and this functionality works just find in Adobe Reader. But when I try to do ...