Note this is different from the similar question Preview fails to save pdf forms because that other question is about pdf *forms but this is one is just a normal pdf.

I am using Preview for the first time on Catalina - but am a veteran on earlier platforms. I am unable to save an updated PDF

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This is a PDF that I added some textboxes and a Tools|Annotations|Signature.

Any ideas?

  • Is it one specific PDF or all PDF's? Can you save it when you remove the annotations? I think once you add annotations to the doc, you can't save it.
    – fsb
    Apr 30 '20 at 21:18
  • Looks like I can duplicate/rename/save a non-modified PDF. Wow ok.. Pls make this an answer Apr 30 '20 at 21:28

Once you annotate a regular PDF doc, Preview will prevent you from directly saving the file.

You will have to remove the annotations or, as you already found, do a Print -> Save to PDF.


As a workaround I did a Print|Save to PDF . That does work.

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