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In Mountain Lion's Preview.app the toolbar was changed quite drastically.

While I can see why they did it, I found that it misses the Hand tool that one can use to move enlarged documents around with the mouse.

How to get it back?

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    Also, gone are all the shortcuts to choose between the hand, rectangle select and text select tools. Instead, Preview.app now tries to be clever and select the "right" tool for you, depending on the file type (images have the rectangle selection Tool activated, while text and PDF have the text selection tool). However, if I open a PDF, to select a rectangle (for example, to crop an area) I need to use the mouse to get to the required tool, which is very inconvenient. – leberwurstsaft Aug 6 '12 at 20:36
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Use the move tool by pressing ⌥ Option+Space. The cursor changes to the hand that allows you to scroll the content in all directions.

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    That's it! Quite hidden. Is this documented somewhere? – leberwurstsaft Feb 16 '14 at 9:46
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    I'm using this shortcut for Albert... :( – Rafael Oliveira Sep 30 '15 at 14:39
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    If you're using a mouse with a mouse-wheel, you can roll the wheel for vertical scrolling and hold down shift to change it to horizontal scrolling. I like the Opt-Space better, though. What I want to know is how to zoom in/out without using Cmd-+/-. If your hand is on the mouse those buttons are too far apart for single-handed operation. – Mayyit Jun 22 '16 at 22:47
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    This only works while I hold Option+Space. Very strange interface. Is there a way to permanently toggle to the hand? – Timmmm Jan 7 '19 at 17:17
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    -1 Apple - why has this changed? If you're deliberately trying to make the Mac harder to use why not change other useful shortcuts like Cmd C and Cmd V. – Snowcrash Jan 14 '19 at 11:14
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Here is the trick I use for large images. I select random rectangle than grab it and move selection to where I want my view span to be. Just like old hand mode. Works for me.

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    Interesting workaround, but its not the same. Its more like joystick movement, not direct control of the content. – leberwurstsaft Aug 14 '12 at 17:51
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When opening PDFs in Safari (in embedded mode), the hand tool is still available.

You could install Acrobat Reader and use this (instead of Preview) for PDF documents.

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  • I don't see it there either. dl.dropbox.com/u/1041539/… – leberwurstsaft Aug 9 '12 at 17:00
  • You are right. For whatever reason my Safari opens PDF documents in an embedded Acrobat Reader. – nohillside Aug 9 '12 at 17:05
  • I had that plugin installed a while, I don't like it. Also it doesn't really solve the issue. – leberwurstsaft Aug 14 '12 at 17:49
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You really can’t get it back…

Apple is emphasising the use of gestures for navigation a lot. Them removing the Pan tool is a step in that direction. I miss it too. You can pan around by moving two fingers on your trackpad or mouse.

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    Hmm, people without a Magic Mouse will love that... – nohillside Aug 4 '12 at 10:14
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    You can also pan by scrolling, and scroll horizontally by holding shift. – Lri Aug 4 '12 at 18:09
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    @Lri: While this works, its very inconvenient. – leberwurstsaft Aug 6 '12 at 20:32
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    Obligatory reference to leaving Apple feedback about another change for the worse. – da4 Aug 9 '12 at 17:18
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    see @user70427's answer: you can get it back, hold down option + space – Josh Sep 12 '15 at 16:25

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