Questions tagged [preview]

Apple Preview is a program included with every version of macOS that permits displaying and limited editing of common 2D and 3D files using Apple's Core Image and Quartz frameworks.

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Preview search not highlighting instances of the word

I am using OSX Catalina. However, for quite some time, do not remember from which OSX, Preview stopped highlighting instances of a searched for word. As suggested in the answer to the post Preview ...
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After PDFs combined, copied text using Inter font is gibberish

I have been making multi-page PDFs from Sketch. Each page is exported as a PDF. Then I combine these pages into one PDF using a Quick Action, either the built in Create PDF action, or a homemade one ...
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Preview: “The original document can't be saved, so a duplicate with your changes has been created”

When I edit a PNG file in my Minecraft resourcepacks folder (~/Library/Application Support/minecraft/resourcepacks/my_resource_pack/.../.././texture.png) with Preview.app I get the error The ...
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Where does MacOS store old versions of Preview edited images?

If you open an image in Preview and View->Show Markup Toolbar and then add some markup.Then close Preview you'll see the file has been edited If I then double click the picture, which relaunches ...
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Preview: PDF Highlighting & Search Stop Working until Restart

A problem has recently become much more prevalent for me when using Preview to search PDFs for text (using Command + F or the search box in the upper right). At first, everything generally seems to ...
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Services do not work in Preview after upgrade to Catalina

After upgrading to Catalina, when selecting text from pdf files in Preview and try to use services, the text is not passed into services. For example, I have enabled shortcut for "Look Up In ...
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I need to swap a colour with transparency

I have an image and I would like to be able to make white transparent, is this possible using Preview in Mac OSX Catalina?
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Preview app will not open on my MacBook Pro 2011, macOS High Sierra (10.13.6)

When I double click on the preview app nothing happens. I try dragging files into preview and a message comes up saying "The application "Preview" is not open anymore". I cannot remove the shortcut ...
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How to sync PDF bookmarks from MacOS Preview to iOS Apple Books?

Apple Books on MacOS opens PDF files in Preview. Preview can bookmark texts using CMD-D. When I open the same book with Apple Books on iOS the bookmarks are not transferred over. I have cloud sync to ...
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Where does Preview save a clone of a document?

I have a document with a base64 name that I have hit shift command s to make a copy and then hit command s to save it. The "*" in the title bar is gone now so it has been saved. But *where* .. It is ...
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Preview App - Images from USB stick not showing up in the same window anymore

macOS Mojave Version 10.14.6 Summary of problem I can't see the images from a USB in the same Preview window as i can those that are on my computer. Expected behavior If I click on an image from ...
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How do I print a single page document to multiple copies, double sided?

I have a single page document, say "A". I'd like to print it multiple copies with double-sided, like below: sheet 1 front: A, back: A sheet 2 front: A, back: A ... However, when printing with ...
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Deleting Photos From “Photos” App Does Not Delete Them From Local Drive

I have some photos and I want to remove some of them by first previewing and then removing, like I always do on Windows. Because "Preview" does not let me look multiple photos and "Quick Look" has no ...
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Catalina now only saves pdf's from print box to preview not the folder I choose

I use Excel spreadsheets everyday and use the pdf print facility to send them to clients suppliers and for many other uses. Catalina now will not save the pdf's to any other folder than the preview ...
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How can the default save format be changed for OS X Preview app?

Is there a resource showing all the possible syntax for changing the preference file for the preview app in os x? I'm using Catalina if that matters. I frequently copy an image to the clipboard and ...
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Quick Look Preview of html files not working after iOS 13 upgrade in iPad

After updating to iOS X 13, I can no longer use Quick Look on HTML files available in mail – I just get a blank preview window or enable javascript window, and the issue persists through a reboot. But ...
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macOS Quicklook in finder renders images without antialias / jagged edges

I have a very annoying bug in finder: when i select an image, then first the quicklook image preview looks terrible, jagged edges, no antialias, but after resizing it gets smooth again. It is ...
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Disable detect dates, contacts feature in documents in Catalina

There is a feature in Catalina that will autodetect dates, numbers etc in documents for example, PDFs in preview. Unfortunately this prevents the copy of said data since it's hidden by a macOS box ...
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Create a shortcut for Preview to add new text box with certain border color

I am using the Preview app in my classes to write notes over PDF slides presented by professors. There is one operation that I do repetitively: add Text (in the Markup Toolbar) choose Border Color ...
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Bug “Show Notes” in Preview Mac OS Catalina

I have a problem with Preview. When I have to print a PDF with notes on it I click the button "Show notes" on the print window but nothing happens. How can I fix this bug?
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macOS Catalina: Preview > Print… > Save As PDF, not really working

I upgraded (whatever that means) to macOS Catalina. If you visit https://apple.stackexchange.com using Safari and do a Print... and select Save as PDF, then you can create a pdf file. All is well so ...
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Using Preview with an old PDFkit

With Mojave, I use to open multiple pdf at once with the old Preview9.0.app (version of Sierra) It doesn't work anymore with Catalina because of a conflict between Preview9.0.app and the new PDFkit ...
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How to quickly see more image info in Finder's preview column?

When an image is selected in Finder's column view, you can quickly view, edit and/or copy details like Tags, Created, Modified, Last opened and Content created. For Image files, I want to see more ...
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Adjust background color for pdf in Preview

I'm reading a lot of pdf's in Preview's full screen mode. Usually this means I'm looking at a fully white screen with black characters. I'm getting mad after an hour of reading.. Is there a way of ...
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Is there a faster way or keyboard shortcut to close files without saving in Preview?

When closing an unsaved file in Preview, you're presented with the "Do you want to keep this new document" modal: There doesn't seem to be a quick way to access the Delete button besides tabbing or ...
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Preview app on macOS High Sierra broken

I'm using Preview 10.0 on macOS High Sierra 10.13.6. When I select "highlight" to highlight text in a PDF, preview will not highlight the text but "underlines" it instead and then also grays out "...
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Is it not possible to use Preview to highlight text or a portion of an image from a screenshot? macOS High Sierra

I am trying with both a PDF and/or a PNG file, but this does not seem possible. Nothing I am trying works. Is it possible to take a screenshot natively in macOS, then highlight a portion of said ...
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Bug: Preview crashes when reloading a PDF that has lost one or more pages

I use TeX a lot, and I've noticed that, while Acrobat Reader doesn't update PDFs when I recompile my .tex files in macOS [strange, since it does in Linux], Preview does. However, Preview has a strange ...
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Image problem : Can't Open with… Preview

On Mojave 10.14.6, selecting jpgs on a server but I can't use Open with... > Preview Preview is the default app for jpgs, and 'Open with' is working fine with other file types and apps. Any idea ...
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Proper save format for preview for editable pictures

Suppose you edit a picture in Preview and added new elements such as text. In what format should you save the file if you want to resume editing the added elements, like changing the font of the text ...
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How to set default paper size for scan with continuity camera

How can I set the default paper size when scanning with continuity camera using my iPhone? I am using the fantastic new Mojave feature to scan documents directly into Preview with my iPhone using ...
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How to save a Preview session with multiple pdf files open?

I often work with multiple pdf files open in Preview. I would like to save the "session", so that I can go back to that exact set of files and work with them again. Is there a way to do that? In ...
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double-side printing: blank pages are not counted as even?

Mac OS X: 10.14.6 Preview: 10.1 (944.6.16.1) Printer: Canon 2900 I followed this to print double-side: How to control manual double-side printing on Mac OS X Lion? The problem: when choosing "Even ...
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Remove blur “effect” in Preview when changing pages

I have been using Preview for reading lecture notes and slides (compiled using Beamer and edited in Xournal). Now, whenever I go to the next slide, I see a blurred version first which seems to be a ...
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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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Viewer for pdflatex/beamer presentation with reload and without blurry transitions

When using pdflatex to create a beamer presentation and then viewing it in Preview.app (single page or fullscreen mode), page transitions are blurry: when going to the next slide, a blurry/low-...
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“Preview” will not open on my MacBook Pro

"Preview" will not open on my MacBook Pro. I am using High Sierra 10.13.6. When I go to open a PDF or a photo, nothing happens. When I right click the Preview app it says Application Not Responding, ...
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How to set Adobe DC PDF reader as default for ALL pdfs without having to open security preferences every time

I recently switched to Mac from Ubuntu and I'm trying to set Adobe Acrobat Reader DC as the default pdf reader for all pdfs. I assumed this would be straightforward, however, when I download a new pdf,...
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How to remove the sidebar in Apple Preview (presentation mode)?

Preview suddenly displays a sidebar on the left-hand side in presentation mode. I do not know how to disable this. This answer mentions Always Show Sidebar in the View menu, but this does not seem ...
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Why does macOS Preview show different sizes before/after resize?

An image saved locally on my MacBook Pro (macOS Mojave 10.14.3) has a size of 4.4 MB, as you can see in the screenshot below: 4.4 MB is the original size of the image, which has a resolution of ...
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Editing an image in Preview app [duplicate]

I am new to MAC OS I cropped a part of the image and copied it(command+C). Then opened another image in preview app and pasted the cropped image here(command+V) but I don't want to override the ...
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Increase number of “Recent places” in Preview.app NSNavPanel drop-down

I frequently use the quick-save drop-down panel of Preview.app, and I want to increase the number of "Recent places" from the default 5. I typically use it to re-file downloaded documents into the ...
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Change font size for PDF Text comments in Preview

I would like to change the font size for PDF Text comments in Preview? I am aware that acrobat allows you to do this. I am looking for a solution in Preview (Version 8.1 (877.7)) This is a ...
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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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Is there a way to change the default save/export format in Preview?

I always choose PDF when exporting and usually choose JPG when saving. Being able to change the default format from PNG to either of these would save me a few clicks every time I use Preview. Is there ...
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Preview won't display diagram in PDF

I have a PDF opened in Preview where on one page a diagram should show, but it doesn't. The same holds for the program "PDF Reader Pro Lite" and probably other PDF readers. But if I open the PDF in ...
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Choose a note in Preview PDF

I just move from a Windows user to a Mac user. I have a problem selecting a (yellow) note in Preview for Mac OS Mojave. I want to click a note and then delete it. However, when I click on a note, ...
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Invisible text selection in Preview 10

Ever since I upgraded my macOS to Mojave, I've been stuck with Preview 10 (an old trick to downgrade Preview to 9 is no longer working). I wouldn't mind, except text selection has now become invisible:...
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revert Preview.app behavior to opening new PDFs in sidebar, not new tabs

In some older version of OS X, Preview.app used to open new PDF files as items in the sidebar. It still does this for images. For PDFs, they now only open as separate windows or as separate tabs ...
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MacOS Mojave and Dark Theme - Preview for .png file with transparent background not white

Not surprisingly at all, with MacOS Mojave and Dark Theme OS Mode, Preview displays transparent background with gray. How can I set it to be white only for preview but keeping MacOS Dark Mode ? File ...