Is it possible, using Preview (or maybe some other tool if not doable with Preview, but Preview preferably) to remove all annotations from a PDF file, without manually deleting every annotation?

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In the "Tools menu", choose "show inspector". In the inspector, select "Annotations inspector".

Press CMD+A to select all annotations, then click backspace to delete them.


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    It even recognises and removes annotation made by other programs! (Tested with annotations made by PDF Expert on the iPad.) Nov 7, 2017 at 10:18

PDF Expert can do this!

In menu bar, Edit then Remove All Annotations.

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  • Question asks explicitly about Preview, and there is an answer which shows that it is straight forward with preview. Why would I want another tool than the built in one for just this?
    – scravy
    Mar 20 at 4:20

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