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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Save as PDF from Word makes pixelated PDF in Acrobat but not Preview

I have a 2 year old MBP. I'm using Word 2008 and if I create a PDF using Save As... or Print > PDF, the resulting PDF will look fantastic when viewed with Preview. However, if I open the same ...
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How to view a PDF at its original size?

A friend sent me a PDF with a UI mockup claiming it is 1024x768. It is, indeed: However, View > Actual Size (⌘0) zooms in so much that the PDF takes up almost all 1920x1200 screen estate that is ...
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Does Apple change OS X operating systems between the GM and the final release? [closed]

For instance, I've found quite a few bugs while working with the Mountain Lion Golden Master. Is there any chance Apple might fix these in the public release? Thanks!
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Prevent iTunes from showing video preview frames

By default, iTunes video podcasts display their album art as preview frames, rather than the embedded album art that ships with the file. I have been manually replacing the image with each new ...
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Can I customize the icon Finder uses for PDF/Preview files?

How can I disable the "dog ears" my PDF previews have in Finder? This is most easily seen in windows with icon view. (Command ⌘-1 is the shortcut). Is it possible to customize this icon so it is ...
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Preview chrashes on certain page of pgfplots manual

Howdy its quite known among TeXies that under MacOSX the pgfplots manual brings Preview down on certain pages (with a lot of 3D content). Heres the (significant part of ) the log. My question is: ...
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Is there a way to make Preview not open all previously opened files?

Usually when I use Preview, it is when I see a .jpg or .png and I double click on the file to take a look at the file, but sometimes Preview will open up all the .pdf and .png I opened previously, ...
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Using Apple's IR remote to simulate a left/right mouse click or navigate presentations

I have a 2009 MacBook Pro running OS X 10.7 with an Apple IR remote. Since I create my presentations with LaTeX, which generates PDF files, I cannot use the remote to control my presentations (it only ...
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Automate highlight text and add note annotations in Preview

When annotating a PDF in Preview I regularly highlight text then add a note to that highlight. This is a frustrating process as I can do the first bit with a keyboard shortcut, but must then ...
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Preview: Remove all annotations

Is it possible, using Preview (or maybe some other tool if not doable with Preview, but Preview preferably) to remove all annotations from a PDF file, without manually deleting every annotation?
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Keeping a PDF article's bibliography always visible

While reading an article, I like to keep the bibliography pages at the tail of the article visible at the same time as I am going through the pages of the article. Two obvious ways for doing this are ...
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Open PDF in full screen from the command line

I've written a simple-minded "take a break" reminder which just opens a PDF notice. This works fine, but I wish I could open the PDF file in full screen mode from the command line. Does anyone know ...
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Dragging cropped .pdf file to Mac Powerpoint 2011 - Result is completely different area of original!

I am trying to copy/drag a .pdf file into a powerpoint presentation for Mac PPT 2011. I do the following: 1. Select and copy the top right corner of the original .pdf page 2. Save this 'corner' as ...
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Extract an image file of my signature from Preview?

The Preview application in OS X Lion includes the ability to take a screen capture of your written signature and save it for later application in to any PDF file. Where does Preview store the image ...
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Exporting PDF with table of contents hyperlinks in Microsoft Word 2011?

When I save a document in Word 2011 to PDF, the hyperlinks in the documents' table of contents and other cross-reference links aren't clickable. That is in the PDF document when I click on a table of ...
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Preview on Lion will open all images I opened last time, and need to close each window one by one?

Say if I clicked open 10 image files, and 2 PDF files, and quit Preview, then next time when I click on 1 image file or just start Preview, all those 12 other windows will open too... I was playing a ...
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Snow Leopard Preview Update

Snow Leopard Preview does not show some PDF (Version 1.7) although these can be viewed in Lion. Is there an upgrade? After all Version 1.7 is a 2006 ISO Standard
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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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Preview hangs while viewing images / PDFs files within mounted sparsebundle

I often keep all my personal files within a sparsebundle image, and notice that the built-in Preview often freezes while viewing jpeg/gif/png/pdf files. You can see the candy spinning for a good 30 ...
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Preview zooms view when moving document from laptop screen to external monitor

In Preview, when I drag a PDF document from my laptop screen to an external monitor, Preview zooms in the view by a large amount--enough that I have to click the "minus" button a couple of times to ...
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OSX Preview: is able to display DRM protected PDF files? (mainly concerned about Adobe DRM)

I would like to know if the Preview application (last release) is able to open PDF files that are DRM protected, for example by Adobe DRM system.
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How do I highlight PDF text properly in the Preview application?

I've been using the Preview application to view and annotate PDF files for quite a while. You can use Shift-Command-A to display the Annotations Toolbar. Then you can select the Highlight tool and ...
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Is it possible to center align text in the Speech Bubble annotation in Preview.app?

I can create Speech Bubble-style annotations in preview - and easily change the color and font styles, but the text is always left-aligned. Is is possible to center it?
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How to make a high-resolution capture in the Preview application on Mac?

everyone. I use the Preview Application on Mac to view my PDF/JPEG/PNG files. Generally it works fine. But I've got some troubles with the "Select Tool". I want to capture a part of a PDF file, like ...
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How to show more fonts in Preview?

Using cmd+t while annotating an image with text in Preview I don't find all the fonts I have installed. For example there is no Verdana or Century Gothic. How can I view them?
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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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How to rebind Go Back and Go Forward in Preview on Lion?

It seems that in Lion, standard shortcuts were added for the Go menu items Back and Forward. The shortcuts (⌘+[ and ⌘+]) are unusable on Finnish keyboard, and I'd like to rebind them. By unusable I ...
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How to preview any file in Lion?

I love OS X Lion's feature to preview some files without opening them. Is there a way to register new file extension? For example, Drupal module extension ".module", which is a text file.
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How do I open images in Preview at full size?

Is there a way I can get Preview to open images in Actual Size by default and not have it fit to screen? I vaguely remember this as an option in previous versions of Preview, but am unable to find ...
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how do I disable preview autosave?

Today I was scrolling through my photography gallery with Preview app. I was playing around with files rotating them etc, only to discover that it was actually saving those files (overwriting ...
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Move through images in a folder with Preview.app

When looking at an image in a directory with the Preview application, I'm used to the Windows behaviour of using the ←/→ keys to move through all the other viewable images in that ...
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Deleting a file from inside Lion’s Preview.app

In Snow Leopard it was possible to delete (i.e. move to Trash) a file directly from inside Preview.app using the cmd + backspace combination. (The same combination which is used in Finder.) This was ...
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Preview: Fullscreen movie turns black after 5s

When I open a movie in preview (tested with .mov and .wmv), and I go to full screen, the movie turns black after five seconds, unless I keep moving the mouse. The movie plays just fine in windowed ...
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Preview in Lion fails when any document opened has changed

In Lion Preview.app, if I have many image files open in a single preview window (so that I can scroll through them) and one of them changes on disk (e.g., I remade the image with a plotting program or ...
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Preview crashes on Print command

I have this crash on Preview and TextEdit happening every time I use the Print command. cmd+p = spinning ball... It's only on these two apps, as far as I know. Ie: Mail app prints fine. Both MS Office ...
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Removing formatting on PDF added with preview

I'm reading a book in Preview (Lion) and i've highlighted some parts. Is there any way to remove this formatting for printing or sending this book?
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How to disable auto preview for *.doc *.docx in finder?

In finder, when I set the view mode as columns(cmd+3), finder will auto preview the file.But when I select doc/docx file the finder will be very slow even I cann't do anything for a while.How can I ...
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How to disable Preview from opening up the last couple items viewed? osx lion

When I download a PDF and open it in Preview on OS X Lion, Preview opens the last couple documents that I viewed. It seems to arbitrarily open anywhere from the last document to the last x documents. ...
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Show hidden Characters in PDF

I made some optical character recognition on a scanned PDF File. The original document contains special characters like öäü and so on. The problem is that sometimes the characters get recognized wrong ...
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Lion's Preview regularly hangs when unhiding with open documents

In Lion, I've had an incredible amount of difficult with Preview hanging indefinitely when restoring open documents after being hidden for any extended period of time. There is no immediate solution ...
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Lion Preview window stuck as always on top

After accidentally pressing some wrong keys, it seems my Preview window is stuck in 'Always on Top' mode. I can't figure out how to undo this. Is anyone aware of what might have happened? edit: ...
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Do the “Print to PDF” / “Save to PDF” options embed fonts in the PDF file?

Specifically: When doing this within the MS Office suite (Powerpoint, Word etc.), does the font get embedded within the PDF? Does Preview.app embed fonts when “Saving as PDF”? If I’m generating the ...
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Problem starting Preview from the command line

Some of the time, when I start Preview from the command line, it fails to start normally. So for instance I will say "open myfile.jpg", and it appears to be trying to start Preview, but the icon for ...
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How can I create a multipage PDF from JPG's in Preview?

I just upgraded to Lion recently. When I was on Snow Leopard, creating a multi-page PDF document in Preview was simple: I would open up the image Save it as a PDF Open up the PDF Open up the panel ...
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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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Can you let Preview (the app) cycle through anything?

This is related to this question: How to start a slideshow on the Mac super quick and easy? Basically, I wonder why even in Snow Leopard, I double click on a photo in Finder, and Preview will show ...
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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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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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How Do You View Several PNG Images In Preview With Continuous Scroll?

I have several PNG images I want to view as a single document in Preview, Lion OSX. Usually I just select several images and open them in Preview, but when I do that, I can't set the view to ...
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How can I add signatures to Preview.app in Lion without using the web cam?

Is it possible to add a signature e.g. from PDF files or from JPEG images instead of using a web cam? The problem is that I don't have a web cam and I would like to use this feature in spite of that.