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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How to automatically find corrupted PDF files?

Due to a recent syncing issue with Dropbox I ended with a lot of conflicting copies and corrupted files across different machines. Especially PDF documents seemed to be corrupted in some way that ...
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Apple Preview Program messed up the shortcuts after the Yosemite update

I am trying to annotate my documents with text. In the old preview, I could change to Text Box and click where I wanted to place the text on my document. It would stay on text box and I could click ...
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Is there an annotation function that allows continuous text annotation without having to repeatedly click on the 'T'? [duplicate]

Preview before yosemite had the ability to click on the Text annotation and allow you to continuous annotations without having to repeatedly press 'Text'. I want to be able to annotate anywhere on the ...
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PDFs looking different in Yosemite Preview.app [duplicate]

I've just installed Yosemite on my iMac and noticed that my PDF files viewed with the Preview.app don't look the same as in Mavericks. If I view the PDF files directly in Safari, all looks like it ...
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To view the full contents of this document, you need a later version of the PDF viewer

Sometimes I receive PDF files that open with Preview (Version 7.0 (826.4), Mavericks) with the following message: To view the full contents of this document, you need a later version of the PDF ...
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Preview strips spaces from some lines in PDF documents

Has anyone experienced a phenomenon wherein Preview's "AI" for PDF text extraction sometimes strips spaces out of a line or two of text? I'm working with some college documents and need to extract ...
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Preview.app Signatures - how to unencrypt without old keychain

Old mac died. Have a new mac Mac Have all files from old Mac (did a backup before it died). Have been operating with new Mac for several months now. Needed to use the signatures option in Preview ...
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Preview cannot display two different eps files with the same name simultaneously

I am running OS X 10.9.5 on a 2010 Macbook Pro. I have two eps files that I want to use Preview to view (Preview really converts the eps files to pdfs). One file is ~/Research/images/test.eps and ...
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Preview can't find fonts used in eps file generated by gnuplot

I am trying to use TimesNewRoman.ttf as the font for *.eps files generated by Gnuplot. I am running OS X 10.9.5 on a 2010 Macbook Pro. Here is my gnuplot script. set terminal postscript eps enhanced ...
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Using old-style comment in Preview 7.0

My group at work writes a lot of papers, and as a result we all proofread for each other. However, some people like to print out the documents and edit by hand, while some prefer to edit ...
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How do I transfer a photo in Preview to iPhoto?

I have a Photo in Preview. How do I move it to iPhoto?
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How do I change the direction of a speech bubble in Preview?

I'm using Preview to add some speech bubbles to a picture. The default speech bubble assumes the speaker is below and to the left. Can I change where the speech is coming from?
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How to safely blackout a part of a PDF?

There's already a question addressing this issue; however, it's from 2011, and many things have changed since then. Specifically, we now have automatic saving, automatic Time Machine, and all. In OS ...
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How do I draw a transparent line to highlight text in a PDF with non-selectable text? [duplicate]

For PDFs without selectable text, I use Preview to underline text by using the line tool. I should be able to use this line tool as a highlighter by making the line thicker and adjusting the opacity, ...
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How to disable PDF editing in Preview app?

I am running OS X 10.10, Yosemite, and there is one feature which really annoys me. I know it must be useful for a lot of people but it's just not for me. When I open a PDF document and, by habit, I ...
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How to crop odd and even pages differently in a PDF?

I have a large PDF I want to crop/remove all the whitespace with software that runs on Mavericks The PDF in question is designed for print; therefore, odd pages have different margins from even ...
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Preview prints all squares not content

Recently pdf statements from one supplier display content correctly in Preview but then prints it all as boxes except for logos. Tried other pdf apps as well - same problem. Any know what the problem ...
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Is there a way to edit bookmarks in Preview 7.0?

Since my "upgrade" to Mavericks, the ability to edit bookmarks in the "upgraded" Preview (version 7.0) app seems to have vanished. Now, when creating a bookmark, I get a "quote" from the bookmarked ...
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How to get location of a pdf file opened in preview

I have opened a pdf file in preview, without knowing where this file is located. How can I find out?
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Change default Preview window size?

I'm working with LaTex and I'm using a text editor that, when I compile LaTeX files, runs a script to open the compiled pdf in Preview. The trouble is that Preview opens in the same default dimensions ...
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Preview scrolling speeds?

When using Preview (on OS X 10.8 & 10.9) I noticed that the scrolling speed is too fast. I often read long documents and want to see in advance what are the chapters coming a few pages later. ...
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Preview Not Opening File - Permissions Issue (via Python)

I have a Mac VM running Mavericks (10.9.3), and for various reasons I am trying to write a script in Python to automatically transfer a PDF file to the VM and open it in Preview. For anyone who ...
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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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Why does Preivew.app automatically change the saturation of some images?

Some images seem to be automatically modified by preview when you open them - in particular, the color saturation changes. For example, I see an image with a certain shade of red in Finder's cover ...
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Move the note icons around in Preview?

I have added an note to a PDF file in Preview, and the yellow icon is covering up some text, but I can't move it away by dragging: Any ideas?
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Can I control how Preview decides to group documents when opening them all at once?

I use Preview frequently for the task of combining multiple PDFs. Typically, these PDFs are all created within a few minutes of one another, and when opening from the Finder, they all open in the same ...
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How to drag icon in Preview to a folder and copy instead of aliasing?

After downloading a PDF, Preview automatically opens and I'm able to look at the file. Often times I want to move the file to somewhere other than Downloads. In Mavericks I'm able to click on the ...
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Color Profiles Wonky - Mac OSX / Photoshop, PDFs, etc

Been trying to print a simple JPEG file (set in RGB mode) to my HP 3511 Deskjet. I know my printer is capable of printing in color. It's done it before. I did a test print the other night through HP, ...
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How to automatically highlight and save the search keyword in a pdf?

How to dynamically highlight and save, the keyword searched in a pdf document, with the Preview application? For example, I want to highlight all the 'Apple' keyword in a document and save it, so ...
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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 ...
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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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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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Mavericks - Tell application “Preview” open PDF - strange permission issue

I have recently moved a large research collection of PDF files, from a Snow Leopard 10.6.8 TimeMachine disk, to my new rMBP (to the internal flash storage). I did this manually, not through the ...
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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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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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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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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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Is there an easy way in Mavericks to share a PDF file directly from Safari into iBooks?

Safari loads and displays .PDF files nicely. iBooks is Apple's PDF reader app for sync'd and offline access. To move files currently, I have to: right-click in Safari to open the PDF in Preview; ...
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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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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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QuickLook set app to display preview

Is it possible to set the app that displays the QuickLook preview in OS X? I'm developing iOS apps and I have Xcode installed, but when I open the QuickLook preview of a Source-Code file, the ...
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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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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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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 ...