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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Disable scroll-induced antialiasing in Preview and other PDF applications

Scrolling (with two fingers on the trackpad) in Preview.app (and TeXShop.app) annoyingly blurs PDF text and I would like to disable the over-compensating anti-aliasing. I like the anti-aliasing while ...
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Is there a way to customize highlight colors in Preview (Mountain Lion)?

The highlight tool in Mountain Lion's 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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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 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 set Preview to start on the last viewed page?

There is no problem with PDF stored on my mac, it can be started on the last viewed page. However, the problem occurs when I use preview to open PDF files stored on iCloud. It's always shown up the ...
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Unable to select and highlight on Preview in OSX Lion

I've been trying to highlight my pdf notes on preview, but am unable to select or highlight a single sentence. When I try to highlight, it just shows the chosen highlight colour on the whole page, ...
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Is there an easy way in Mavericks to shae 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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Shorcut to pan in Preview?

Is there a shortcut (or the ability to assign one) to pan in Preview app? It is quite troublesome to keep moving the mouse to and fro the scrollbars when we want to scroll.
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How can I remove a signature once it's saved in Preview.app?

How can I delete a signature that I inserted using Preview.app? I can edit or delete all the text fields but the signature seems locked somehow.
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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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Apple's Preview prints in middle of page

Apple's Preview app always prints in the center of the page, rather than at top & left margins. This is true regardless of the scale (% size) an image is printed at. I'm hoping there's a way to ...
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Wrong app is focused when quitting another one?

I have Firefox and the Finder open (neither are hidden), with PDF files in the current Finder window. If I open one of the PDF files, it opens in Preview. When I quit Preview, rather than Finder being ...
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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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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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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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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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Customize the granularity of native application zooming in OS X?

In apps like Preview, Cmd + = and Cmd + - perform the menu items Zoom In and Zoom Out, and zoom the content natively with no loss of image quality, (at least for zoom levels up to 'actual size'), as ...
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Adding page numbers and running head to a pdf file

I have several documents that I need to combine into a single pdf. I know that I can do this with Preview. However, it would be really nice if I could add page numbers to the resulting pdf, as well as ...
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Is there a way to add searchable tags to individual pages in a PDF?

Similar to the way Youtube videos are tagged, I would like to be add tags to individual pages in a PDF based on what they're about. Ideally it would work so that if I tag a page "apple orange banana ...
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Preview search function returns blank results

I'm having trouble finding pages when I query for a string in Preview, where actual results are mixed in with meaningless, blank results. For example, when I search for B-tree in my algorithms book, I ...
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On MacPorts, Mavericks, and generated PDF files with latex/xelatex

So, I am using MacPorts and through MacPorts I want to use texlive in order to be able to build with latex/xelatex PDF documents. Everything seems to be working fine, apart from the fact, that ...
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How can I make a watermark with hyperlink in a PDF document?

I have a large number of PDF documents that I am trying to process consistently One thing that I would like to do with them before uploading them into the public domain is to add watermarks at the ...
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PDF notes in Preview to EPUB?

I have been making PDF notes in Preview and want to transfer them to EPUB version of the book. Is it possible?
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Preview: File-Specific Bookmarks

Is there a feature in Preview that will let me maintain a collection of file-specific bookmarks? For example, I often place bookmarks at the beginning of various chapters in books. I might decide to ...
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Retina-ready slideshow

I'm looking for an easy way to view a simple slideshow of photos with 1x1 pixel ratio, with play/pause button. I want 1 image pixel to be equal to 1 retina screen pixel, as shown by default with ...
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Decreasing resolution of screenshots increases file size

I've noticed that on my rMBP, when I try to make a screenshot smaller using Preview.app version 6.0.1 (Tools -> Adjust Size). When I'm trying to decrease the image size to upload it, the file size ...
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How to save or export a photo without the GPS data?

I have used Preview's export function to export a JPG file to PNG format, and GPS information is still embedded in the picture. Is there any tools in OSX that allows me to strip off the GPS data?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Preview often does not allow import from iPad?

I am finding that sometimes in Preview, under File there is an option for Import from iPad. But sometimes it is not there at all (as of late) and I can find no way to make it appear e.g. by quitting ...
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iPhone & pro filming, Using iPhone as a monitor

Can I use my iPhone as an external monitor for my camcorder, when the camera is mounted onto a jib?
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Apple Preview Not displaying Highlights in sidebar

highlights and notes not displaying properly in preview; just see little boxes; how can I get them to display properly in the sidebar?
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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 ...
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Preview resets “view port” when refreshing document

I use Preview to display PDF files generated from LaTeX source. On smaller screens, I often need to zoom in to certain parts of the document as I work on it. But when I make updates to the LaTeX ...
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Preview cannot be closed unless it has focus

My Environment: Mac OS X Mavericks 10.9.2 Mac Pro 2 x 2.4 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon 32 GB Memory Problem: I tried to illustrate the problem using the image below: In Mac OS X 10.8.5, I could ...
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automator script to import last image in iphone to the mac's desktop and delete it from the iphone

I need a way to easily perform the following: import the last image saved on the camera roll on the iphone (it will always be the same iphone, can be hardcoded on the script) into the desktop ...
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preview text highlight not working

I can no longer make text highlights in pdfs in preview 5.5.3, possibly after an update. Also in pdfs that I previously made highlights in. Other annotations continue to work.
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Default mail handler in Mavericks (in Preview and other apps)

I recently switched my default mail app to AirMail, and no longer use Mail.app. I allowed Airmail to set itself as the default e-mail client. I notice that in some apps, noticeably Preview and ...
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How to change default font size when preview open microsoft excel document?

I use macbook air, Preview is brilliant, But seems can not zoom out microsoft document(word, excel), So I want to change the default font size. But how?
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How to make preview open PDF as locked?

I remember in Lion PDF is opened as locked. While in Mavericks preview seems to open PDF default to unlocked status, making it easy to edit the PDF without notice. Can I change the default open status ...
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Why does preview always open the first page, when spotlight is beeing used?

When I open a PDF by searching it in Spotlight, preview opens its first page. It makes the option in Preview to "Start on last viewed pages" quite useless, I have to find my previous page again. When ...
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Display image in original size in Finder's preview column

Is there a way to see the image in the preview column of the Finder in original size? Right now the images are stretched to fill the entire width of the column, even if the image is just a small ...
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Preview in OS X 10.8 (rMBP) is very slow if many lines are embedded in the PDF

I do not have a comparison between the OS X versions but after I switched to a 15" retina MBP and simultaneously to OS X 10.8 the Preview app takes a long time to open pdfs with lots of vectors ...
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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 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 ...