Is there some way to get back the side-by-side page view from Snow Leopard with the continuous scrolling? From the View menu in Lion Preview, it appears they're mutually exclusive now. I can't help shake the idea that Lion was designed by someone without a desktop Mac.

  • Unless there is some elaborate hack I'd say it impossible because as you said its mutually exclusive in the interface. Maybe filing a bug with Apple would help. In the mean time Skim still offers this option. – root Oct 9 '11 at 20:51
  • > I can't help shake the idea that Lion was designed by someone without a desktop Mac. LOL – Joe Corneli Sep 25 '18 at 11:36

This is one of those things that really makes me wonder "If it's not broken why fix it?".

Other than switching to another application that might give you back the lost functionality, I only have one suggestion at the moment. This is how I've been able to use Preview (5.5) and still get two page (side by side) continuous scrolling:

  1. Open up your pdf, document, etc. in Preview.app

  2. File > Print or P

  3. In the Print Dialog Box click Preview > Change to Layout [ 2 pages ]

  4. Lastly, click PDF > Open PDF in Preview.

You should now see your document layout as two pages and you can scroll continuously. I realize it's far from ideal, although it is a way to still use Preview exclusively, yet still have similar functionality as before. I hope they will fix it; I shouldn't have to be thinking of ways like this to use it like it could have been. ;-)

Two page continuous / workaround

  • Hope this gets fixed soon in a lion update, but in the meantime, I love it! – Noah Oct 10 '11 at 12:45
  • Awesome idea! I was so frustrated with the default view of Preview and your fix is just brilliant. – Sakuraba Apr 5 '12 at 8:57
  • This workaround is really fantastic! Apple has not yet fixed it, even in Mavericks. – DUKE Feb 18 '14 at 10:55

The free app Skim supports continuous-scroll side-by-side pages. To use that view, select the menu item PDFPDF DisplayTwo Pages Continuous.

Skim displaying a PDF in Two Pages Continuous view

Also, if the left-hand page is wrongly displayed on the right side and vice versa, you can fix that by toggling Book Mode in the same menu.

  • Skim is absolutely fantastic. Much better than preview – Dev Aggarwal Apr 11 at 22:49

Right click PDF document. Select "Open With". Select "Safari.app". Right click on a page of the document within Safari. Select "Two Pages Continuous".

Very stupid for Apple to remove this feature from Preview in the latest versions.


You can get that view with Evince, which is installable via brew install evince.

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