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 first page. This is really annoying. I must scroll down, hundred of pages.

Has anyone faced this problem? Any help would be appreciated.

EDIT: When I store a PDF on iCloud using Preview.app It worked fine!!

However, the application that I used is PDF Reader Pro Edition for iPad. I stored my file using its iCloud option.

When I opened the PDF with Preview.app using Cloud Mate on my Mac. enter image description here

I can scroll to page 50 and then quit the Preview.app. Then reopened the PDF again in the same way I just did.

But the first page is shown instead of the last viewed page which should be page 50.

  • on 10.9 I just saved a pdf to a local folder. opened it went to page 101. Closed it and moved it to iCloud. Opened it from there it opened on page 101. Quit Preview opened the pdf again same thing. Scrolled to another page and repeated the open and close no problems..
    – markhunte
    Commented Jan 1, 2014 at 22:04
  • @markhunte please see my edited question.
    – lvarayut
    Commented Jan 2, 2014 at 14:30
  • Are you saying if you store and open the file with PDF Reader Pro.and it does not open back to the last page. And this has nothing to do with Preview.app
    – markhunte
    Commented Jan 2, 2014 at 14:35
  • No, I used Preview to open it but the file is stored on ICloud of the PDF Reader application.
    – lvarayut
    Commented Jan 2, 2014 at 14:39
  • Do you mean PDF Reader Pro Edition for iPad and PDFSync for Mac. Also what app is the screenshot from?
    – markhunte
    Commented Jan 2, 2014 at 14:44

1 Answer 1


There an option in Preview that you need to have enabled:

Preferences > PDF > On opening documents (should be checked) 

Preview PDF Preferences

*also instead of needing to "scroll down, hundreds of pages" you should be able to simply use Command+Option+G and enter the page number you want to jump to.

  • My Preview is set as your figure. It works only for documents stored on Mac, however, it doesn't seem to work for documents on iCloud.
    – lvarayut
    Commented Jan 1, 2014 at 20:39
  • @LVarayut, interesting, mine stays on the last page viewed (saved on iCloud). Another thing you could try is adding a bookmark Command-D and see if it holds. If it doesn't then one of Preview.app's .plist files could be corrupted (com.apple.Preview). Essentially how Preview knows what page you were last on is stored in those files as bookmarks.
    – l'L'l
    Commented Jan 1, 2014 at 22:35
  • I just tried adding a bookmark on my Mac and opened the PDF on my IPad. Unfortunately, the application doesn't sync the bookmark!! :( Please see my edited question. It may give you more details.
    – lvarayut
    Commented Jan 2, 2014 at 14:33
  • @LVarayut, I see, my answer was in regards to your original question (before editing it and failing to mention the third party application!). Obviously that application you're using doesn't sync like Preview.app and is an issue you would have to take up with developers.
    – l'L'l
    Commented Jan 3, 2014 at 22:24

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