I want to draw a couple lines when annotating a PDF with Preview.

But, when I get close to the first line, the tool automatically switches from a pen to a hand.

For example, if I try to hand-draw the symbol :

  1. Draw a V
  2. Try to draw the - part
  3. NOPE - Preview switches from "pen" tool to "hand"/grabber tool, and moves the V instead

Is there a way to turn off the hand tool so I can draw normally?

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It's turning into a hand because it's letting you drag the existing line, as you may have inferred. Preview doesn't have a way of ignoring the existing line and just drawing a new line.

To workaround this, you could draw the center line somewhere else, then drag it into place.

  • Dang, that's too bad. Thanks for confirming anyway! May 26, 2022 at 11:56

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