When scanning documents, many pages in a row have the same problem. An example where a lot of white empty space in the corner: enter image description here

The application Preview allows selecting the area in a row along the two pages. However, when choosing to cut, only the page where you started get cropped. I think this is a bug in design and should be fixed. In the example, there are 277 pages. It takes hours of time if I cannot crop pages in a row.

Is there any way to cut pages in a row in Preview or other applications?

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    I'd be happy to try cutting things using PDF Pen Pro. Can you upload a few pages of a sample document so I can verify it easily does what I assume it would do - let you edit and perhaps even script the cropping of pages.
    – bmike
    Mar 27, 2013 at 23:01
  • somewhat on topic, please use "command-shift-4" (release all, than) "space-bar" for proper screenshots. Feb 17, 2014 at 18:00

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Yes, this can be achieved solely with Preview.

  1. Show page thumbnails by clicking Thumbnails from the View Menu.

  2. Show the Edit toolbar, and choose the Rectangular Selection tool.

  3. Select the rectangle that you want to crop each page to.

  4. Select (⌘-click) all the pages that you want to crop in the page thumbnails.

    The pages don't have to be sequential, and you can select all pages with ⌘A.

  5. Click Crop in the toolbar.

  • Can you crop multiple pages with this at once? This is the problem, not only one page. Nov 13, 2013 at 19:55
  • @Masi Yes you can, I have used this method for ages :)
    – grg
    Nov 13, 2013 at 19:56
  • Yes, I did. Thank you very much for your tip! Do you know how you can reverse the change after you save and close the document? Nov 18, 2013 at 11:51
  • You lose the metada about Search-function, which is the negative side effect, but it does not matter because you can run text-recognition after cropping again. Nov 18, 2013 at 11:53
  • @Masi Since the change overwrites the file, the only way to recover it is if you have Time Machine (local backups are sufficient - go to Browse Previous Versions) or Dropbox previous versions, or if you have a copy of the original files.
    – grg
    Nov 18, 2013 at 16:41

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