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Whenever I open a PDF that is of ordinary DIN A4 format, the Preview window is oriented such that I can only see the upper half of the PDF. What I would like to have is a setting where I can define that every PDF is opened such that - the full page is displayed - the window is resized to reach vertically from the top to the bottom of the screen and - horizontally has half screen size and that - the window is placed in the right half of the screen.

Can I define these settings somewhere?

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In 10.8 and later (but not in 10.7) there is a preference for the default view mode:

I don't know any way to change the default size or position of windows, but you can use an application like Slate, ShiftIt, or Moom to assign a keyboard shortcut for resizing a window to fill the right half of a screen.

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    Skim seems to remember window position and size as well as display settings, great! – TMOTTM Nov 16 '13 at 12:54

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