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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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After clicking on an internal link in a PDF in Adobe Acrobat on iPad, how can I go back to the location of the text where the link is located?

After clicking on a internal link in an PDF in Adobe Acrobat on iPad, how can I go back to the location of the text where the link is located? Examples of internal link in a PDF (green rectangles): ...
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Preview signature annotation: Without the owner password, you do not have permission to create or modify annotations in the document

I need to download a banking form and email it back. After opening the PDF in macOS Preview, I attempt to sign it via Tools > Annotate > Signature This gives the error: Without the owner ...
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Set Chrome to open PDF rather than download them

I'm a student and I'm constantly opening up PDFs for homework. I often end up downloading multiple files, after clicking on a link, each time I start working. Is there any way to set Chrome to only ...
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How can I directly download a PDF without previewing it first on a web browser on iPad?

I had the URL of a large PDF (e.g., https://aclanthology.org/2021.acl-long.pdf). How can I directly download the PDF without previewing it first on a web browser on iPad? I would like to open it in ...
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How to get text selection work in the .pdf viewer in Safari?

UPDATED QUESTION After many users giving greatly valuable input, we verified that the below-described behavior is a result of a bug. Using Safari up to version 15.4 (17613.1.17.1.13) will crash the ...
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How can I combine multiple PDFs using the command line?

Is there a quick one-liner to combine multiple pdfs into one? I know it can be done using Preview.app
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Is there a way to select only all odd/even pages in the Preview app?

Is there a way to select only all odd/even pages of a PDF document in the Preview app in order to print them via the "Selected Page in Sidebar" option? I'm using the latest available version ...
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Why does Preview's export to PDF only export one page?

I open a PNG with Preview, then drag another one into the sidebar, and then choose Export to PDF. The resulting PDF has only one page. I tried again, after selecting all pages -- same result. How do I ...
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Force Preview to Live Text a PDF?

I have scanned a document and turned it into a PDF. When I open that PDF in Preview, I would have expected all of the text in the doc to be selectable via Live Text, but it's not. However, if I take a ...
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macOS Save dialog does not show up for Preview

I created an image file by pasting an image into Preview (Command + N). When I want to save it, the Save dialog does not appear. The Preview window looks as follows: The red button in the upper-left ...
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Why the preview windows follow me when I update to the Monterey?

I recently updated my macOS from Catalina to Monterey. But then I find that when I create multiple desktops and open a Preview window on desktop A, then changing to desktop B via the three-finger ...
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What is a program to display PDF's in a dark theme friendly fashion on MacOS?

I am trying to read all my PDF's in dark theme, to preserve my vision since I work at a computer all day. Adobe Acrobat reader offers this feature, in that you can go into accessibility and change the ...
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Shell command to count pages in a PDF (other than pdftk)?

I have been using this to get a page count of PDFs in shell scripts in OS X: pdftk "$i" dump_data | grep NumberOfPages | awk '{print $2}' | tr -dc '[0-9]' (where $i is the PDF filename) However, ...
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Fix/restore "Print to PDF" to preset location in Big Sur

Recently updated to Big Sur. Previously in Catalina (and prior) I was able to open a print dialog box, select the PDF drop down and choose a preset folder I had saved (Dropbox/Receipts folder) where ...
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Change default Preview window size?

I'm working with LaTex and I'm using a text editor that, when I compile LaTeX files, runs a script to open the compiled pdf in Preview. The trouble is that Preview opens in the same default dimensions ...
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How to see PDF bookmarks in Safari

When I view a PDF with Preview I can toggle on Table of Contents to see the bookmarks for sections and chapters. If I use Safari to read the PDF how can I see the table of contents?
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Print HTML to PDF while retaining hyperlinks

I'm trying to create a PDF document from an HTML document. Of course it's easy to do this using the built-in PDF Printer, however, this does not retain hyperlinks. I've tried wkhtmltopdf which ...
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How to create a script with Automator to watermark each PDF in a folder with a different watermark?

I am trying to create a script to watermark a group a PDF files in a folder, each PDF has to have a unique watermark. All the PDFs are in one folder, all the watermarks are in .png located in another ...
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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 reedit annotations in Preview on Mac?

After PDF was annotated, saved and PDF closed I want to reopen PDF but I can not anymore edit it, can not select annotations, arrows. Any workaround?
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Mac Preview app: Background color in full screen mode

The macOS Preview app has the option to change the background color (the one behind, say, a pdf file). However, in fullscreen mode it seems that the background color remains unchanged. Is this a bug? ...
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Is there a way to remove the header and footer that Facebook adds when I save a page as a PDF (from Chrome on a Mac)?

Is there a way to remove the header and footer that FB adds when I save a page as a PDF (from Chrome on a Mac)? When I ask Facebook to give me an archive of some of my previous posts, I gives me ...
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Dynamic XFA PDF forms on a Mac and Safari

I am using Mac OS 10.13.6. I have downloaded and installed the latest version of Adobe Reader. I use Safari as my browser. I am going to a website which has Dynamic XFA PDF forms. Each time I click ...
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Automate removing the first page of a bunch of PDFs

I have the cpff, and I would like to let my Mac automate removing the first page of many PDF's. I already have a script to remove the last page from my previous question, Automate removing the last ...
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How can I combine PDF files and automatically create a table of contents?

I have a bunch of PDF files named, say, chapter1, chapter2, etc. I would like to combine them into a single file and create a table of contents where each file gets an entry. If memory serves, there ...
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Adobe Pro DC : How to group and move a block of text and a surrounding box that contains this text

With Adobe Pro DC under macOS Monterey, I have the following figure where I active the option "modify text and figures" : I want to move the entire selection and content of the grey legend ...
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How to reorder highlights in Preview according to page numbers?

I read a book, while reading it, I highlighted some parts of the text. Now, in the side bar, when I choose the highlights and notes option, I see the highlights shown in random order, i.e the ...
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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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Create an Automator action to insert a PDF table in Excel using data from picture

I'd like some help to create an Automator workflow to carry out the following please: Select a PDF file containing a table of data Convert the PDF file to an image Open Microsoft Excel and import the ...
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App which allows me to comment *and* to write free-hand on PDFs

I'm looking for a PDF editing app with the following requirements that runs on macOS 11.6.5 (Big Sur): highlight text, different colors add comments/notes, same as above write and draw free-hand (...
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Print preview to PDF in safari layout fixes

When trying to print to PDF this page in Safari on Mac - https://theurbanwatch.com/fashion/seven-female-fashion-designers-to-celebrate-on-international-womens-day/, there are huge page breaks. How can ...
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Automatic (or a quick) way to add page numbers to a pdf document

I have a macbook and am running Big Sur 11.2.2. I have some pdf documents with over a hundred pages that I need to put in page numbers. I'd rather not have to do this manually for every page, and was ...
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What could prevent a PDF from adding text in Preview?

Same PDF file, two different Macs - one new iMac M1 running Big Sur, the other an old Mac Pro still on Mojave. Prefs on both Preview apps are identical. Permissions are fine. Both Macs were sent ...
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Saving webpage as clear, good PDF on Mac

I'm trying to save a webpage as a PDF on my Mac and it's horrible! Using Safari with the File > Print option seems to be the best, because I have to have the URL of the page displayed, however this ...
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Make PDF dark-mode friendly in Adobe DC Acrobat Reader or alternative

I was looking for a way to read a PDF in "dark mode". Found this answer here However I was curios if there's a way to make Adobe Acrobat Reader more dark-mode friendly or if there exists an ...
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ugly math in preview of Wikipedia pdfs

When I "download as PDF" a Wikipedia article with math, such as Septic_equation, and open it in preview 8.0 on macos 10.10, the math formulas are ugly / munged: instead of like in the ...
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To view the full contents of this document, you need a later version of the PDF viewer

Sometimes I receive PDF files that open with Preview (Version 7.0 (826.4), Mavericks) with the following message: To view the full contents of this document, you need a later version of the PDF ...
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How to copy pdf file to Books using File manager?

I have many pdf books in iCloud, now I wanna read it with Books application, according to https://support.apple.com/en-qa/HT205751, It said can Tap the share button and Tap copy to Books. But When I ...
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How do I drag a text box in Preview?

When using Preview, I can create a text box to add text on top of a PDF. However, the text box is not always created in the correct area. I find that I can use the Arrow Keys to move the text box. Or, ...
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How to upload a pdf from iPhone

I want to upload a pdf to an app. It’s a certificate for COVID but I do not see option to upload it from Files or iCloud. The other app where I can download only provide pdf and saving options are ...
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Automatically pull Google Doc into Pages to create PDF

Google Docs is handy for collaborative editing & referencing. But Pages makes the prettiest PDFs. So my current process is: from google docs, export as word doc open in Pages export to PDF Is ...
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Mac Automator: combine images in PDF and resize

I not too familiar with Automator for Mac. I am trying to create a quick action to combine several images in a single PDF file and reduce its size with a quartz filter. The actions does indeed create ...
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Convert SVG to PDF using command line in Mac OSX

I want to convert a SVG file to PDF from the command line on Mac OSX. Is there any way to do this?
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Preview automatically password protects PDF when saving

I experienced a behaviour I've never seen before when opening, editing and saving a PDF today. As soon as save the PDF with Preview the file will be password protected, and I cannot open it again. I'...
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How to mirror a PDF (flip PDF horizontally)?

I have a very large PDF that is a bunch of pages broken up that will be printed then cut and assembled into a large prop for a costume. The PDF was created in such a way that the images add up to a ...
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How can I change the font used in Preview PDF notes?

As of Mountain Lion, Preview has been "upgraded" with a ridiculous font choice for its Notes (Control-Command-N). I use them all the time in PDF files and suffer from the Comic Sans feeling of Marker ...
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Delete metadata

There is a program provided by Apple to see most of the metadata in a file. It is nice to have the metadata clearly arranged, but the catch is that you cannot delete it or I don't know how to delete ...
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How can I create an option in the print PDF pop up menu with Automator?

I tried to create a print plug-in for pdf pop-up menu, where I'd like to open the PDF in messages so I can send as a text or iMessage. After a few trials it did launch the messages app but it didn't ...
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Make existing PDF searchable ( OCR ) via command line / script

I am looking for an offline scriptable tool that makes an existing PDF file searchable by running OCR on it, replacing the original non-searchable file with the searchable version, and can run ...
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Script / automator action that combines pdfs with the same name from different folders

I'm trying to write a simple script / automator tool that should achieve the following: I have 600 Pdf-Files in one folder and 600 Pdf-Files with the identical names in a different folder. Now I would ...

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