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Documents in the Portable Document Format, created by Adobe Systems, and readable with Adobe Reader, Apple Preview, and other software programs

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File associations for pdfs keep getting set to open with Word

Not sure if it's a mac-specific problem (let me know if I should move it), but every time I try to open a pdf file, Microsoft Word tries (and fails) to open it. I have tried "open with..." > Preview ...
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Random flickering in Preview when viewing PDF files

I'm running the latest MBP 15" with the built-in Intel HD Graphics 530 and the AMD Radeon Pro 460 with automatic switching. When viewing PDF files in Preview (it happens with all of them, all kinds of ...
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macOS Preview: Bug in PDF highlights that displays an additional offset highlight

I update from OSX El Capitan to macOS Sierra yesterday. Now when I open PDFs containing highlights there are 'double highlights', ie. the original highlight and an additional highlight which is offset ...
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Exporting sized PDF in Omnigraffle

In Omnigraffle, if I want to export a fitted PDF that only encloses the objects I've drawn, I can select "export all objects" from the export menu. However, I don't know what to do if I have a multi-...
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Disable auto-save in Preview (only Preview): Mojave edition

This has been asked before, on earlier OS versions, but doesn't seem to have gained satisfactory answers. I'm looking for a way to disable auto-save in Preview (only). Background: In OS X Lion, ...
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On iPad or iPhone, how to progress PDF with “Fade” or “Appear” instead of slide-in from right?

The pages of my pdf presentation add incremental changes to the first page. The second page, for instance, consists of the diagram on the first page in addition to a few more lines. This way a complex ...
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Import signature from image file in Preview

I'd like to sign pdfs using my signature. Unfortunately, Preview seems to require that you have a trackpad or a camera to do it. I have a Mac Mini, which has neither. I do have my signature as a jpeg....
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Literally odd smoothing issue in PDF Preview

I have an odd smoothing issue with Preview in MacOS Sierra 10.12.6 on my retina MBP. Every right-hand (odd-numbered) page is very blurry, almost unreadable, while the left hand pages are somewhat ...
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How to disable Mac Preview blurring / smoothing images in a PDF?

I scanned a paper document to a PDF. Each page of the PDF is an image of a paper page. When I view the PDF in Mac's Preview app and zoom in, Preview blurs / smooths the image. When I view the PDF in ...
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Preview.app uses large font size regardless of settings

macOS 10.14 Mojave on a MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2015) Preview Version 10.1 (944.6.16) Preview.app fails to adjust the font size of text entered in PDF text fields appropriately to the ...
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XPDF Missing Fonts

I had some strange issues copying text out of a PDF on my iPad (I always got a bunch of ????), so I decided to run my pdf through xpdf to see if that would fix things: pdftops naughty.pdf ...
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How to prevent default pdf viewer from being changed to iBooks

Every so often the default viewer for PDF files gets changed to iBooks. I want PDF files to be opened with Preview, and I want that setting to persist. I know how to manually change the default back ...
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Convert Adobe Reader form document to general pdf

I have problems with a provider that refuses to deliver important documents in anything but Adobe Reader specific documents. I think these are with Adobe Experience Manager pdf forms. Their documents ...
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PDF - Can select text, but empty lines are copied

Preview app allows me to select lines and words of text. However, when I copy and paste it into another app, empty characters are pasted. For example, I select 3 rows of text and paste it, but 3 ...
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macOS Preview has graphical glitch when copying using rectangular selection

Whenever I open a .pdf (haven't tried with other formats) with many pages (at least > 5), Preview does this really annoying thing: I use the Rectangular Selection tool to select an area of the .pdf I ...
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Preview looks cleaner when changing page

I was reading a pdf document in full screen mode with preview (MBP mid-2009 with El Capitan) and I've noticed something wired : the document is prettier right when I'm scrolling pages. Is this a bug ...
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Word 2016 for Mac is truncating the PDF page

When I try to "Save as PDF" a single-page, 8.5" x 14" Microsoft Word 2016 document, it's cutting off the edge. Does anyone know how to resolve this? It almost seems as if 8.5" x 11" (standard letter ...
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Preview freezes whenever I try to edit and save a pdf

Preview always freezes (beachball) whenever I try to modify and save a .pdf. I've tried resetting the preferences for Preview (as per Preview hangs when opening any image or pdf) and have also tried ...
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PDFs showing blank pages in all apps on El Capitan

Hey I'm having an issue where if I open PDFs then sometimes the last few pages are just totally blank. Then sometimes it doesn't display any of the pages at all, and sometimes it works fine. I can't ...
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How to automatically find corrupted PDF files?

Due to a recent syncing issue with Dropbox I ended with a lot of conflicting copies and corrupted files across different machines. Especially PDF documents seemed to be corrupted in some way that ...
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Using old-style comment in Preview 7.0

My group at work writes a lot of papers, and as a result we all proofread for each other. However, some people like to print out the documents and edit by hand, while some prefer to edit ...
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Exporting PDF with table of contents hyperlinks in Microsoft Word 2011?

When I save a document in Word 2011 to PDF, the hyperlinks in the documents' table of contents and other cross-reference links aren't clickable. That is in the PDF document when I click on a table of ...
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PDfs in Automator

I work in photography post production, need to make PDFs from images but with the file names shown on the PDF and 4 up instead of a single image on each page. Can anyone suggest additional plugins or ...
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How to print as PDF using Acrobat 10, when no printer is installed?

Preview or Acrobat can both print out individual pages of a PDF file, as a new PDF file containing only those pages, but I think Acrobat 10 probably can print out page 1, 10-12, and 5 -- in any order, ...
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How do I export emails to PDF without the “See More from…” history expanded at the end of the messages?

I want to generate a PDF of an email correspondence. I don't want my PDF to include, at the end of each email, a quoted history of every message prior to it. I open a conversation in Mail. I do not ...
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iPad Auto-delete deleted iBooks, now all my highlights are gone

iBooks iOS recently deleted iBooks for no reason, it's an app I use everyday. I clicked the restore button with the little cloud icon and it reinstalled immediately with every single book and pdf that ...
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need help on font rendering from website to safari, preview and adobe

I am on an iMac with high Sierra 10.13.6. Have been having this issue over multiple os for a long time. When i go to my financial website and view A monthly statement I n safari pop up, the font is ...
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Preview.app and text highlight opacity

I am working with a PDF file version 1.7 using Preview.app on my Mac. In the file there is some highlighted text that cannot be seen since the color is completely opaque. What can I do to view the ...
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blurry pdf in Preview & Safari on OSX Mojave

I have just updated from High Sierra to Mojave and discovered that Preview displays PDF files in an extremely blurry way (before the update it was fine). My screen is 27'' Thunderbolt display. The ...
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Text-selection on PDF in Preview on Mojave too dark

Selected text on PDFs in Preview shows up in dark brown since upgrading to Mojave. When selecting text on a PDF with black text on light background, Preview uses the dark highlight that I assume is ...
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Text box gets cut off in Preview for PDF files

Sometimes when I edit a text box in a PDF in Preview App the text gets cut off like this. Is there any way to fix this? It's happened in multiple files. I have Mac OS X 10.14.1.
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PDF editor: Zoom operation in overview mode

I use PDF Expert in overview mode: but I find that the width of every page is fixed, I cannot zoom them out and in. Is there a way to perform zoom operation in overview mode in PDF Expert? Or is ...
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Text to PDF without losing/destroying the set tabs

I tried to print out a huge text file to a PDF file (DIN A4 landscape or A3 landscape). Unfortunately, every way I try, I always lose the formatting of the tabs I used for tabbing some tables with the ...
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Share annotated PDF from iOS

When I annotate a PDF file, the annotations are correctly saved and can be seen using iOS "files" when saved there. But, when I upload the annotated PDF on the web, or by email, the annotations aren’...
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Does Preview.app's freehand tool allow one to select multiple shapes easily?

I am studying mathematics and I find the Preview.app's freehand tool extremely useful to help me understand the documents I am reading. As you can see in the picture below I end up having a LOT of ...
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Preview in High Sierra not functioning properly

I am suddenly finding certain strange behaviors in Preview app Version 10.0 (944.4). Current OS version is High Sierra 10.13.3. 1) On selecting a section in Table of Contents, the selection gets ...
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Why Preview's annotation distorts in other pdf application

I have found that hand written notes will be transformed into corresponding shapes by preview's shape detection. This seems handy. However, when those shapes are opened in other pdf applications, they ...
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How to use Automator to batch process images into single PDF per image?

I have thousands of JPGs (old OS X screenshots) I would like to convert to individual PDF's - one PDF per image file preferably using OS X Automator. This is in preparation for setting up an automated ...
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Zoom-to-fit in preview application when viewing pdf full screen

Several generations of OSX ago, it was possible to view PDFs full-screen in Preview, and they would automatically fit to the screen, which was great for PDF presentations (e.g. Beamer, or PDF-exported ...
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Interactive text in iBooks

I'm creating an interactive workbook in iBooks and need a way for students to answer questions on each page. Is this possible using iBooks? If so, how do I create fillable boxes? Many thanks!
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Preview: How to set over-under configuration instead of side-by-side in “Two Pages” view?

This question is about Preview (macOS builtin application). I am not asking for an alternative application, software of hack that "solves my problem". I know that there are plenty of ways of getting ...
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Is it possible to access the functions for the PDF overlay bezel in Safari via keyboard?

When hovering the mouse pointer at the bottom of a PDF file being displayed within the Safari browser window, you get a set of 4 icons for Zoom Out, Zoom In, Open in… and Save To Downloads: I would ...
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Preview seems to have corrupted PDF and lost all text and arrow annotations

I have used Preview to create a number of annotations for a PDF file. The annotations are a mix of boxes, ovals, text, arrows, etc… Upon exiting and reopening Preview, it seems to have lost the ...
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Extract PDF Annotations in Automator isn't getting the content

OSX Yosemite 10.10.5. I'm using Preview.app to annotate PDFs. Now I want to extract all of the annotations from the documents, so I open Automator.app and connect the "Get Specified Finder Items" and "...
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Can I read one pdf document on two ipads each showing a facing page?

I would like to be able to read a 60 page pdf on 2 ipads that will display facing pages. (one page per ipad) Pages should turn like a book as if both ipads are the facing pages of a book.
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Exponential PDF File Size in Preview

I have word document (.docx on a mac) at 3.4 MB. When I save it to PDF it becomes a whomping 90 MB. I can't make it smaller and I can't figure out why it's happening. Here are the details: I've tried ...
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Preview/Mail printing issue

I am attempting to print PDF's (and save documents as PDF's) as close to full bleed as possible. Right now I am losing approximately 3/4" in margin left, right, top and bottom. Any way to adjust ...
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PDF in iBooks is blank but text is shown in magnifying glass

After reading about 20 pages of data mining book in iBooks, next page rendered itself as blank. And all successive pages failed too. When I go to arbitrary (usually blank) page, then return to ...
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Annotation in Preview under Yosemite: How to get back the old behaviour?

I am using Yosemite (OS X 10.10) on my MacBook Air mid 2011. In the version 10.9 and before, annotation (making strokes or arrows) worked liked this: Selecting the form you want to draw Select the ...
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How to highlight text in Preview properly?

I know this problem could be trivial, but it just bothers a lot. I can use the highlight function of preview properly before like the following: but now when I try to highlight the text again, it ...