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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Search for a string in Preview

I use Preview's Command-F (find) to search for C# in the pdf document. However, the result is not for 'C#', but just 'C': I get hundreds of meaningless search results. How can I get the search result ...
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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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In Lion, how can I configure to not automatically re-open recent files that weren't closed?

For example: I opened some files in Excel, then I close Excel, without close each file (ex.: command + Q). In the next time that I will open Excel, it is going to open my recent files that weren't ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What readers annotate PDFs better than the Preview app?

I usually spend around 3 or 4 hours a day working with and annotating PDFs. I've always used Preview, but there's a few things that bother me about it. Mainly the large icons used when you place ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to fix HP Officejet 7210 scanning in Mountain Lion?

I have a HP Officejet 7210 printer/scanner. I used to use Preview to scan, using File/Import from scanner. However, since upgrading to Mountain Lion, the option is greyed out. Previously, the option ...
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How can I use the “signature” function in Preview on Mac Mini with no camera? [duplicate]

I have a Mac Mini with no attached camera. I would like to use the feature of Preview that allows you to insert a signature. This relies on taking an image of your signature using an ...
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Where is the file size for “least” & “best” quality displayed when saving JPEG pictures in Preview?

In the older versions, when I saved a picture with preview, the slider button for "Quality" not only had "Least" & "Best" but it also told the "size" of the file. Mountain Lion does not tell me ...
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Preview auto-open of PNG files after being downloaded from Safari

How can I make PNG files be automatically opened after being downloaded from Safari?
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Setting Preview Default to Single Page

So I'm not at all impressed with the "Continuous" view in Preview, that seems to be the default way PDFs are opened. Is there a way to change the Preview.app preferences in such a way as to set ...
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Keyboard shortcut for switching to an open full-screen preview window

If I have a document open in full-screen mode in Preview, and other documents open in windowed mode, I can switch FROM the full-screen window to other applications with CMD+TAB, and I can cycle the ...
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Is a person fully able to make use of iCloud's ability to store and sync documents in the cloud if a person is not a die-hard iWork user?

I see that if I use Preview.app its new method to move files to the cloud, I am not able to access it on my iPad or iPod. I have only one Mac, and an iPad and iPod touch. I use MS Word, Excel, etc., ...
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View location of a document open in Preview

I've got a PDF open in Preview (5.5.2) and I want to know where it is located in my filesystem. How can I find that out in Preview? In MS Word, there's a command called Document Properties which gives ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Why is Preview excessively slow after upgrading to Lion?

After upgrading to OS X Lion, I noticed that my preview app is now excessively slow, taking minutes to open a file instead of seconds, even when opening a local file. In addition, it is often ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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Preview.app does not update a pdf when it changes

In all pre Lion versions of Mac OS X Preview.app could show an updated PDF when the PDF it was showing changed. Example: I'm writing a latex document and recompile it. Without closing Preview it just ...
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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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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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simplest way to open all images in a directory in Finder

When I have (and browse with Finder) a directory with a bunch of photos and videos (from e.g. my camera), I often want to open all the pictures in it. How can I do that? Right now, I select all ...
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Disabling Preview's “sliding” animation

The pages of my pdf presentation add incremental changes to the first page. The second page, for instance, consists of the diagram on the first page in addition to a few more lines. This way a complex ...