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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Change Redact color in Mac Preview

I am running MacOS Monterey, and I want to remove some text from a PDF file using the Redact option in Preview. However, redacting the text marks it with black background with white crosses in it. Is ...
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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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PDF with hyperlinks: disable printing of link "boxes" in Preview app

I am creating a lot of PDF documents using LaTeX. Prior to Catalina, when using Preview, embedded hyperlinks in those PDF documents were shown with a red or cyan border, but that border didn't appear ...
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Use automator to make pdf look like scanned

I like the idea of the site - http://lookslikescanned.com But sometimes it doesn't work as expected. I'd like to automator script on my Mac, so I can right click on a pdf in finder click convert to ...
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Others can't read my annotated PDFs

I annotate PDFs in the Mail app on iOS with the pen. Some people complain that they cannot see the annotations at all. On my Mac, using Preview, I can see everything well. Things I tried: Printing ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Cannot export pdf highlights from Preview.app using skim in OSX10.8.3

When I 'convert to notes' in skim, only the page numbers of the highlighted text gets displayed. I can click on those page numbers and it will go to the highlighted part of the document but the actual ...
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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 select camera for "create signature" in PDF document in Preview 11.0

I am trying to add a new signature to a document in Preview, but when I click on "Create Signature" to use the webcam attached, it instead wants to use the virtual camera defined in OBS, ...
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Export handwritten note from Apple Note on iPad to PDF

I am using an iPad for taking handwritten notes. My notes also contain some images I've cut and pasted from the screen capture feature on the iPad. I'd simply like to export my notes to PDF to share ...
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iCloud deletes my PDFs in Books App; How do I get them to be stored locally again

So, last month I decided to enable iCloud for Books in order to transfer all 400+ of my PDFs to my iPad automatically. However, in doing so, all of my PDFs were deleted from my iPhone! I did the whole ...
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Manually adding PDF to iBooks on iOS 6, using Linux

There's a long story behind using iOS 6, but basically: I have an iPad 2 WiFi, and it's still a pleasure to read on - but performance on iOS 9 is horrendous, so I use iOS 6 thanks to Coolbooter. I ...
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Freehand Preview Pen Missing

Freehand Preview Pen Missing Context: Essentially preview has two pens - the shape pen, if you will, one which has automatic shape detection and will smooth out your shapes and lines after you draw ...
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Prevent downloads in Safari and instead open them directly in the browser

In the web, there is often a link to a file, like a pdf document. If clicked on it, Safari (on the Mac) downloads the file. I want to prevent this and instead open the file directly in Safari (as ...
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Solid purple colour appears when trying to view large files in Preview

I'm trying to do some editing of large uncompressed .tif files (800MB-3.5GB). While I'm able to open them in Adobe Photoshop and Bridge, I am having real trouble opening the images in Preview as the ...
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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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How to force preview to open window in current desktop

I am facing a super stupid problem which is completely killing my productivity. I have my laptop attached to an external monitor. Desktop 1 is on the laptop and desktop 2 is on the external screen. ...
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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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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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I can't see the comments in a PDF file that were added in macOS

I wrote a proposal and sent it in PDF form to my supervisor. She highlighted the proposal and left comments, but I can't see these comments when the PDF is opened in Windows or Ubuntu. I tried foxit ...
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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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