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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Reduce image file size to certain size

I have some tiff files of (scanned docs) which are too large than required. I tried to export with Preview while applying filter "Reduce File Size". The new file came out to be quite small 36KB ...
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Change canvas size in Preview.app without scaling image?

I have a PNG that I want to add additional content to. For this I need to increase the canvas size of the image: Just make the image larger, but without scaling the existing contents (which the Adjust ...
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Searching for punctuation in Preview

In Preview (v 5.3 on 10.6.8), if I search for a single letter such as k in a pdf, the program will find and highlight every instance of that letter in the pdf. However, if I search for a punctuation ...
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How to use a PDF in a presentation

I have to make a little keynote tomorrow, and I have all the slides saved as PDFs. I will be using a projector as a second screen to my laptop. What's the best way to transform this long PDF document ...
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Preview does not save PDF form data

I downloaded the 2012 IRS 1040 form to my Mac to ~Downloads/f1040.pdf, running OS X 10.7.5. Upon opening the pdf file in Preview (Version 5.5.3 (719.31)), I see fillable form data I proceed to fill ...
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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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Cannot export pdf highlights from Preview.app using skim in OSX10.8.3

When I 'convert to notes' in skim, only the page numbers of the highlighted text gets displayed. I can click on those page numbers and it will go to the highlighted part of the document but the actual ...
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Change Preview's default “Move to…” directory

Is there a way to set the default Move to... directory in Preview? When a file is opened in Preview and Move to... is selected, the default directory is the directory that the file currently resides ...
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OSX Preview HIGHLIGHTER makes for bad PRINT quality

There appears to be a funny bug in Preview.app 5.0.3 (504.1): I took a few PDF pages of normal black text, used Preview's yellow highlight functionality, and printed it on a B&W HP Laserjet. The ...
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How to apply Preview's Actual Size to every picture?

On Mac, when I view a comic using Preview, I open like 200 pages, then I click the Actual Size. But Actual Size only applies to one picture only, and when I view the next picture, I have to click ...
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Change background colour for PDF when Viewing

When a PDF is opened, its actual background color is often white. On Windows, several PDF viewers have the ability to set the background color to another one, which doesn't modify the PDF file itself. ...
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Exporting jpg to pdf: file size grows significantly

When I used Preview's "Export" feature to export a 1.4MB jpg file to a one page pdf file, the resulting pdf is as large as 14MB, which is really surprising and annoying. I tried to reduce the file ...
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Unicode normalization for filenames and copied text from pdf:s

I have two issues that seem related. When copying text or filenames containing umlauts or e.g. å ä ö, OS X can't seem to handle the characters in a sane way. Apparantly this is a well-know problem, a ...
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Set preview.app to default to “content only” view

Is there any way to make (Mountain Lion) Preview's default view 'content only'?
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How to set two-sided printing as default in Mountain Lion Preview?

Every time I print from Preview app I need to manually click on "Two-sided" checkbox. This is annoying when I have a bunch of documents to print. Is there any way to set "two-sided" as default?
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How secure are password protected PDFs that are created with Preview?

I use 1Password1 to store not only my own information, but also my sisters home Wi-Fi information. Since she does not have a 1Password licence, I printed out the information for her to store in a ...
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View original full-resolution image in Aperture 2.0

I want to do the comparison of image quality of 2 lenses, with different settings. For this purpose I need to do the pixel level comparison. But Aperture stores originals of the files internally ...
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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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What causes PDF file size to increase when saving in Preview?

It seems that making edits, annotations, or even just opening and saving a PDF file in Preview will cause a significant increase in file size. I've noticed that for some books I've scanned this also ...
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Installing old version of preview

I recently upgraded to Mac OSX Mountain Lion and everything is running great. However, I liked the outlay of notes in PDF much better in the old Preview (Preview 5.0.3). I was wondering if there was ...
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Non-smooth scrolling pdf with trackpad in Preview with 10.8

Finally upgraded to Mountain Lion and I am noticing an annoying behavior in Preview. When I two-finger scroll too quickly with my 2009 MBP trackpad, the scrolling is jerky and can skip many pages in a ...
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After installing Adobe Acrobat, can I revert to Preview for handling PDF from Firefox?

I was used to download PDF from Firefox and open them with Preview PDF. Yesterday I installed Adobe Reader and now each time I click on a PDF link Firefox tries to open the PDF with Abode Reader. And ...
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Can I export my signature from Preview on one Mac and import it on another?

A follow on to this question about extracting the signature image. Is it possible to just copy the plist file containing the signature from one Mac to another? Is there a recommended method for ...
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How can I rotate my signature in Preview?

I have scanned my signature and can insert it just fine, but at the wrong angle! How can I rotate it (90 deg)?
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How to start preview from command line and get back to the terminal when I press ESC?

I do want to add file view support for media files to midnight commander and I something that can be called form the command line that would start preview but that will return to my terminal when I ...
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Make Preview automatically reload PDF without switching to it

If I change the contents of a PDF file that is open in Preview, it automatically reloads it when I switch to the program. Is there a way to make it do this without explicitly switching to the ...
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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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Preview: reorder pages in pdf increased file size?

I have scanned 58 pages into a PDF. The file size of this orginal pdf was 8 MB. Unfortunately the page order was a little messed up when I scanned so I used Preview to reordered some of the pages by ...
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How to add new keystrokes to the system settings from Terminal

I am currently creating a list of terminal commands to set up a new mac system according to my needs. Now I would like to add new keystrokes to Preview (normally in the system settings => keyboard) ...
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Open two views of the same PDF

Is there a way to open two views of the same PDF in Preview (without creating two copies of the file), or perhaps split the window and show two different pages at the same time? This is very useful ...
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How to troubleshoot multiple apps on Mountain Lion all missing toolbar icons?

My machine awoke from sleep, and third party apps as well as Finder, Preview and Safari's toolbar only shows the blank buttons similar to the image below. After restart the machine, the problem ...
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Can I search for a multi-word expression in Preview?

What can I do to search for a multi-word expression such as "little bug" in Preview? I want to return only words together and in that order. My first reflex was to try double quotes, but it looks like ...
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Export pdf annotations only using preview?

I use Preview on OS X and GoodReader on the iPad for reading and annotating pdfs. GoodReader allows me to 'view summary' which is a plain text list of all highlighted sections and comments added to ...
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I added notes to a PDF in preview, and all of a sudden when I open the PDF a couple of days later, all notes have been rotated?

The question title pretty much sums it up. My notes are extremely messy and not properly aligned. Is there some shortkey that I may have accidentally pressed?
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Unresponsive save dialogs in Preview

With the introduction of Mountain Lion, Preview acts up whenever I need to save a file. It does this regardless of whether I use File > Save or Command+S. The logs tell the same story: 10/20/12 ...
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Is it normal Mountain Lion behaviour to save changes in Preview without asking?

I just opened an image in Preview, selected a rectangle, hit delete and then quit Preview. Now I have a grey rectangle missing from the middle of my image but at no point did I get a chance to say ...
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Why do PDF forms/annotations filled in using Preview.app appear blank to Windows/Adobe users?

If I fill out a PDF form using Preview.app on Mac OS X, and email it to a Windows user, it appears to be blank when they open it in Acrobat. The same applies to some (most?) annotations. How can I ...
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Can you override app sandboxing, force app to use working directory?

I'm trying to configure asymptote on my mac, which is a mathematical graphing language for LaTeX. The program is a Unix command line utility. According to the configuring instructions at ...
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Measuring PDF margins, etc. with Preview?

I would like to measure the size of the margins and other distances in a PDF without having to print it out. I would like the results in "as printed" units (e.g. inches or cm once printed) Is it ...
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How to scan an image (map) using only 256 colors?

Is there a way to can an image on OSX using only 256 colors rather than millions or billions? I am scanning maps which only use a few colors, so I think I want to keep the color depth low so there is ...
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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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How to remove page marks in pdf file with iPad viewers?

I found some of the pdf files has some page marks(or three holes I don't know the official name for the marks) as is shown: Most of the iPad pdf viewers can't recognize this to show the marks, only ...
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Retrieve image coordinates at mouse cursor in Preview.app

Is there any means of retrieving the current pixel coordinates within an image where the mouse cursor is? (Failing this, are there any stock OS X tools that can easily do this?)
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Why can't I press “return” to see all pages in Preview on Mountain Lion?

On OS X 10.7, I could press the Return key while in preview to see hundreds of little thumbnails of the pages in a pdf document. I can't show you a screenshot now, since I'm not running Lion, because ...
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Is there a way to customize highlight colors in Preview (Mountain Lion and later)?

Since Mountain Lion, the highlight tool in Preview allows one to select among a small number of colors. Is there a way to customize the colors (add to or change)?
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Search for one letter only

In Apple apps with a search feature, how do I only search for one letter? Let's say I'm reading a math paper, but forgot what the variable "s" meant. In Windows/Linux apps I could just include spaces ...
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How to show all annotations at once in Preview?

I just got an heavily commented pdf, when I open it in Preview, all annotations (highlights, notes) are "hidden", i.e. do not show up in the left margin. I can display them by clicking on them but I ...
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How can I access preview documents saved to iCloud from 10.8 on an iPad?

As of OS X Mountain Lion (10.8) one can move Preview documents to iCloud, how do I access these documents from my iPad?
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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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PDF annotations: Annotating with Preview on Mac, view annotations on iPad

My workflow is as follows: Open PDF on Mac using Preview Annotate PDF using the annotate tools within Preview Send PDF to iPad I would like the annotations to show up on the iPad in the native PDF ...