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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 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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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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Any way to lighten the background of a JPG using Preview?

I'm on Mac OS Big Sur. Someone has sent me a picture of a printed page they took with their phone (JPG format) and when I open it in preview the background appears a little dark Anything I can do in ...
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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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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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Preview won't open gif created with imagemagick

Preview won't open a gif I made with imagemagick. The full error message is: The file “insta.gif” could not be opened. It may be damaged or use a file format that Preview doesn’t recognize. However, ...
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How to change the Spacebar Preview behavior?

I have some text file types that do not show their contents when I use the space preview feature on Mac. For example, the markdown files (md) show their content correctly, but dart files (dart) do not ...
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Remove information about file from an image or PDF preview [duplicate]

After the recent update to MacOS Monterey 12.2.1 i faced the following issue. Previously when I opened an image with Preview (Space key) it was only image in the preview window. Now image preview is ...
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Preview changing default fullscreen view option to continuous scroll

I would like to open preview windows in full screen and I would like to see them in continuous scroll mode as default. I already changed opening for the first time to continuous scroll it works for ...
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Terminal open page 5 of PDF in Preview

I am trying to automate the task of using Preview to open a PDF to a certain page number. How can I do this in the terminal or using AppleScript?
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How to select a tab/window with AppleScript

I am trying the fullscreen just one of several Preview tabs with AppleScript by fn + F how can I select the tab by its name? tell application "Preview" to activate delay 0.1 tell application ...
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How To Change Preview Default Settings

When I open a PDF in Preview it always defaults to the Two Page setting and Always Show Sidebar, and I have to redo these things manually every time I open a file. How can I fix this. Also, I wish to ...
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How to close Preview tab with terminal / AppleScript?

Suppose my Preview app currently has 3 tabs named A B C open. Now from terminal I wish to close tab C. A comment suggest AppleScript is able to accomplish this task, could someone provide a working ...
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stl file 3d preview on M1 broken

On a M1 with Monterey. STL files used to be visible in Finder, and it was possible to drag the 3D object in the file to rotate in in x, y or z axis. This was broken (I think after installing openscad) ...
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How to drag screenshot after annotating?

Taking a screenshot and dragging its icon from the small icon in the corner directly into various applications or image uploads is very handy. It's also very handy that I can open it right there and ...
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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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Is there a way to force preview to open files in the center of the screen

Whenever I open a pdf file with preview the window goes automatically to the most left side of the screen, is there a way to make it open files in the center? In case it's relevant I use an external ...
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macOS Show Preview Panel in File Chooser Dialogs

In Finder, I have the option of seeing a Preview Panel. This shows file details and image thumbnails when I select a file in the Finder, and is very useful. I also want to see the Preview Panel in ...
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Highlight text/add remarks to a PDF file in which text is an image

I have a PDF file that I need to study intensely online, but the text is actually an image. Which software may I use to highlight text and add remarks? I'm on macOS 10.13. (OneNote is not available ...
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Macbook preview shows the right pdf file, Adobe repeats 1 page 3 times

I have to append one pdf file by 2 single pages. I do this in preview and the complete pdf file now has 4 pages and displays correctly in Preview, pages one through 4. If I open the same 4 page pdf ...
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How to set the output directory for exporting a pdf file with skim?

I am looking for an option (or something else) for the PDF viewer Skim (V1.6.8) on macOS (High Sierra): After modifying a PDF file (e.g. adding a note or highlighting a part of it) Skim enables the ...
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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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Text Hyperlinks export works in Powerpoint to PDF but Image Hyperlink doesn't?

I am working on a presentation using Powerpoint 365. I have hyperlinks in the form of texts and images. When I export the Powerpoint to PDF, the text hyperlinks work but the image hyperlinks don't ...
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Finder icon thumbnails not showing

This is a popular issue with new mac updates. I tried every possible tip for correcting it (deleting quicklook files, viewer options, etc.) and FINALLY found the solution on another ask site. I just ...
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Full screen PDF with Preview on Monterey

I have a presentation in PDF and I want it on full screen. How to get one? When I use Preview full screen or slideshow I always get that black frame. I previously have had presentations in PowerPoint ...
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Does redacting images in Preview using opaque shapes remove the original data from the resulting image file?

The Preview application has a Markup toolbar, which allows drawing over the top of an image. I was thinking about the possibility of using this feature to draw opaque shapes to redact sensitive ...
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Preview.app - enable links to custom URL schemes

I have some PDF's with links like file:// and evernote://. Preview does not do anything when these are clicked, although right click -> open does work. Is there a CLI option I can set to make these ...
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Text selection in Preview only selects most bottom line, while highlighting a whole column

I have a scanned document with OCR. In Adobe Acrobat, I can select and copy words without a problem (first screenshot, 1). However, if I open the very same document in Preview and try to select the ...
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Make Automator app generate thumbnails for the files it's associated to?

I have this Automator (shell script) app that I use to open some encrypted pdf files with Preview: cat test=$(head -c 10 "$@") echo $test if [ "$test" == "-----BEGIN" ] ...
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How do I fix being able to view photos sent to me in Messages on my Mac?

I have an issue (which may have started when I updated macOS to Monterey) where I cannot view images in Messages threads like how I used to see view them. IIRC I used to be able to either double click ...
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OCR on macOS that is actually useful? [duplicate]

I am trying to extract the BASIC code from archive.org's copy of What to do After You Hit Return, a 1975 book of computer games. The PDF is simply a series of images, without the underlying text. I ...
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Changing checkbox from tick to cross in Preview app

When I check a checkbox it uses a tick but I want to use a cross. Is there any way to change this? The one up, I needed to draw myself. If I leave it to Preview it chooses the tick. Is there anyway ...
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how to enlarge size picture ahead of pdf Macbook

I have the following issue: I have a pdf file, a comic book. I would like to add on the top of the document a jpg (the volume cover). What I do is: Open pdf with Preview in the sidebar I select ...
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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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Bug in Preview: How do I hide slideshow controls when viewing a full screen PDF?

Preview has two distinct kinds of full screen mode: The normal full screen mode that most macOS applications have (View > Enter Full Screen) Preview's special slideshow mode (View > Slideshow) ...
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Copy and pasted page in Preview App maintains same stuff as the copied page after saving

I'm having a weird issue in Preview that I don't recall ever having before despite using the copy and paste feature numerous times. I copied page 8 (on the left hand thumbnail) of my document and ...
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Previewing image and video with the spacebar does not work anymore? [duplicate]

When I press the spacebar on images or videos, my mac used to show me the actual size of the pictures or and videos. For videos, I could play the video without opening the Preview app. Somehow it does ...
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I can't find the draw option on my Preview?

I am essentially asking the same question as this one here Disable shape detection in Preview's annotation tools As one of the answerer stated, the newest version of Preview allows draw option as ...
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How to merge a big number of JPEG pictures to a filename-labelled merged PDF file in OS X?

I have a large number of JPEG files. Each JPEG file has a name in the format nameX.jpeg. I want to merge them to PDF such that one JPEG picture is on one PDF page where the name of JPEG is a label on ...
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How do I view more than four lines of comments in Preview, marked up PDF?

I have a PDF that has been edited by one of my university supervisors. Some of the comments are quite long, and take up more than four lines in the "Highlights and Notes" bar. How do I view ...
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Opening hundreds of images in Preview without having to answer "Are you sure?" each time?

I frequently open a folder full of images at once using Preview. I love the application dearly because it's so darn fast; I can touch the down arrow and scroll through them full size and instantly ...
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Set Safari to open PDF files in Preview by default

I hope I didn't miss, but I haven't found any answer for this question in the community. I only found this answer, but it describes how to do so when accessing PDF files from the file system, not via ...
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An unknown process related to Preview

I launch Preview and search for all processes associated with it in Activity Monitor. In addition to a few regular processes, I see QLPreviewGenerationExtension (Finder). Is this normal? I have only ...
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a working jpeg won't open in Apple Preview

I just bought a new trail camera. It takes 12 MP jpeg pictures. When I try and open the jpegs with Preview, I get an error message that the file is damaged or an unrecognizable file format. The ...
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How to change the order of the signatures in macOS Preview

I added some signatures in Apple Preview. How can I change the order of the signatures? Rearranging via drag & drop is not working.
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Why Quick Look in macOS Monterey shows only the metadata rather than the actual content of media files?

Previously in macOS Big Sur pressing the space bar on an image/video file, Preview.app shows the preview of the media content (image content / play video), but now in macOS Monterey (version 12.0.1 (...
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How to set Merge All Windows in Preview as the default when opening PDFs

I would like to configure Preview such that when I open a new PDF, the new PDF automatically merges with all currently opened PDFs. This is opposed to having to manually click Window->Merge All ...
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How to get rid of the play/pause button in Preview?

Is there any way I can remove the play/pause toolbar in Preview app ? I don't use it, so it's annoying to see it pop up now and then.
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Preview doesn't open pdf tabs in same window after updating to Monterey

I updated from Big Sur to Monterey yesterday on my M1 Air but seem to have lost the option to open multiple pdfs in same window using Preview. Here are the settings:
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preview for typescript (.ts) files are incorrectly assumed to be MPEG Transport Stream files

I have files with .ts extensions which are typescript, NOT MPEG-2 Transport Streams... I changed the "Open With" for .ts files on my system to use TextEdit, but preview still thinks this is ...
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