There are a number of cache-type files that will clear most issues with Preview, if you delete them. I've also heard of several similar issues arising out of ACL (Access Control Lists) being out of sync across your system.
First reset the ACL for your account, like this. Use this as a more detailed reference as needed. Just to remedy Preview.app issues, You probably do not need to remove all the permissions on your account, so ignore their first step where they are using
chmod in the terminal. I would reccomend:
- Restart the computer, and on the chime, hold down Cmd+R
- At the top of the screen, chose "Utilities" --> "Terminal"
- In Terminal type
resetpassword (you can also use one of your old passwords)
- Click on "Save"
- Press "Reset" (just below), which resets the Access Control Lists.
Now login to your computer, and remove the Preview cache & preference files. I've used this link as a reference to confirm the locations:
Open Finder and then navigate to your User Library by holding alt, and chosing from the "Go" menu at the top, "Library." If you're confident with the terminal, of course you can also delete them that way. For example:
cd $HOME/Library/ then
rm -Rf [each file below]. Don't use terminal if you are not used to it!
clear the various caches and temporary files related to Preview by deleting:
- 'Saved Application State/com.apple.Preview.savedState'
DO NOT OPEN PREVIEW BEFORE LOGGING OUT WITHOUT PERSISTANCE AND RESTARTING.
Now, do a complete shutdown of your system, bring it back up. This fixes most non-critical issues with Preview.app. Make sure that when you shutdown, the box is not checked "remember my open programs."
If these steps do not solve the problem, assuming you are not running cracked or unauthorized software, you should reinstall OSX or seek professional help from an Authorized Apple Support center, because the problem is quite unusual and could be serious.