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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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Access fonts available in Pages.app in Preview.app in macOS

I am working on some designs which will also contain some styled text. I'd also add at this point that I am pretty novice with image editing and can do only basic stuff. I am able to access some ...
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PDF Printing Quality Issues

I am having problems with printing some PDF documents on a 2014 MacBook Pro running macOS 10.14.3. Most PDF documents print fine (from Preview), and I'm happy with the quality. Examples are these ...
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Preview shortcuts to select editor tabs by index

I am trying to switch rapidly back and forth between two related Preview windows (different versions of a research paper). In other applications I would do this by selecting Command-[TabNumber] e.g. ...
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Preview 10.1 Displaying Images in order of file name?

How can I get Preview 10.1 to display images in order of file name?
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Can I use Preview to make this GIF file size smaller?

Here is a 2.6 MB GIF that I would like to post in a Stack Exchange question. That means it needs to be under 2 MB or 2 MiB (I can't remember which). https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/...
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Importing/Exporting Preview Signatures onto OS X 10.14 Mojave from OS X Sierra

I use a Mac Pro (mid-2010) running on MacOS Mojave (no tracking pads or cameras) and was unable to export signature file from my Macbook Air (mid-2013) running on MacOS Sierra. I tried the old ...
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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 file in safari pop up, the font is hard to read ...
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Edit Font Metadata so FontBook will put it in English smart collection?

Some of my third party fonts don't show up in Yosemite Preview's font menu in the toolbox. I'm pretty sure that the only fonts available for Preview to use in annotation have to be in FontBook's ...
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How to change a note background in the preview app from transparent to any other colour?

When I add a note to a highlighted text (right click - Add Note), the background is transparent, which makes it difficult to read because it overlaps with the PDF text (example screenshot below). I ...
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Reduce color richness to reduce file size of an image with Preview.app

In the olden days, I recall using my Mac to reduce the richness of color in an image to reduce its file size and memory usage. I remember switching from millions of colors to thousands of colors. Is ...
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Preview Markup Options for Shape Fill

Working on a Mac Desktop OS Sierra, want to use Preview to markup a pdf, but need the filled rectangle to be translucent, not opaque. I only see fill, and no fill options on the menu. Is this ...
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When I set the User Code in the print dialog, the print dialog of Preview app does not work correctly

When I set the User Code in the print dialog, the print dialog of Preview app does not work correctly. But it works from the other apps (e.g. Google Chrome). macOS Mojave
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Preview app not working properly in macOS Mojave

After upgrading macOS to Mojave, Preview app is not functioning the same. I am no longer able to delete, drag & drop or select several files and open in the same window. Is there a fix for this ...
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Options to Bring Forward/ to Front/ etc are grayed out in Preview

An oval annotation was added to a screenshot in Preview: As can be seen the options to change the layers from the right-click/context menu popup are disabled. What is needed to make them available?
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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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Is it possible make Preview not enhance thin lines?

Some PDF renderers "enhance" thin lines, i.e. make them thick enough to be clearly visible, no matter how far one zooms out. Other PDF renderers do not artificially thicken thin lines. Adobe ...
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Keyboard shortcuts for non-menued items Preview?

I am trying to create a keyboard shortcut action for Preview, namely Draw and Sketch. However, they are are the NON-menued items, which means can't get it done in System Preference I see someone done ...
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How to delete an old entry on Preview-App import dialogue

I have an old iPhone 7 which was completely wiped (Following the instructions on https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201351). The Problem is that this iPhone still shows up on the Import Dialogue in ...
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Is there a tool to simply join 2 pdf pages in one?

It seems a hard to find an answer to such a simple request: I have a pdf file with 16 pages A4 size. I would like to make a 'spreads' view of it, this means that page 1 and page 16 (cover and ...
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Books - PDF - Preview - Search : “No Results Found”

I recently upgraded from High Sierra to Mojave, and consequently iBooks became Books. I now have an issue with Books which was not present in iBooks. I have stored many PDFs iBooks. Clicking on one ...
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How to save the selected word to note in Preview App

When I read a pdf document in Preview I want to save a word found in pdf file and save it for example in some note so I could come back for the whole list later on. The problem is I can't find share ...
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Annotation/Highlight doesn't work in Apple Preview

I have a screenshot. I want to highlight some parts of it. The highlight icon is disabled; the Tools > Annotate > Highlight Text is greyed out. Why? And how can I highlight easily on my ...
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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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Quick way to preview all pages in a PDF file

Is there a quick way or software for MacOS that makes it easy to quickly preview all (or many) pages in a single PDF file. Optimally, it would preview a PDF with multiple pages, similar to how Quick ...
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Preview doesn't show the content of text file with a certain extension (`.jl`) in Finder [duplicate]

When looking for a script of a programm (.py for Python, .m for Matlab, .jl Julia or .txt in general) it is very handy to go in the finder a simply highlight that script file ==> then a preview of ...
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Command line to create a PDF document from a batch of images [duplicate]

How to create a PDF document from a batch of images ? === Belowis what I tried before posting this question: The ImageMagick way, but the PDF document generated is too big: convert *.ppm book.pdf ...
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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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Lost preview.app. How to get it back?

After resetting my Mac from a backup (High Sierra, version 10.13.6), I somehow lost the preview.app. It's not there. I still see remnants like com.apple.Preview.plist (yet, no com.apple.preview folder)...
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Preview printing PDF blurry on macOS Mojave

Preview is printing PDFs blurry on macOS Mojave 10.14.2. I can print the same PDF from Terminal using $ lp -o fit-to-page path-to-file.pdf, and Pages works fine too. Thinking it was my printer ...
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Preview everything as text by default in Finder [duplicate]

I would like to preview a file which macOS has no idea how to open as a text file. For example, when I'm previewing foo.pdf or bar.png, I want Preview.app to be opened and render a PDF document or an ...
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PDF only readable with Acrobat on macOS and iOS

I'm frequently given PDFs with images where the images are not (or not properly) rendered on macOS (or iOS), but which others say that they can read on other OSs. These files are always readable in ...
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Annotations on Preview, why do rectangles now put text in weird orientations?

It appears that this is something happening since Mojave... when drawing a rectangle using the pen tool (Sketch) and doing a rectangle now the text sometimes appear in a weird orientation, let's say ...
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Preview Image Dimensions

How can I quickly view the dimensions of an image that I have open in Preview? Looking at the menu options, I'm not seeing an obvious choice, such as "properties", to see such info.
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How to select and move the shapes in Preview

An oval shape has been added to an image in Preview.app by using Mebu bar command Tools → Annotate → Oval: I have no means to move this oval: trying to do so only results in getting handles to resize ...
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Make pixel size numbers in Preview show larger when editing photos?

I occasionally have trouble seeing the small pixel-size values that Preview.app displays while editing photos. For images that are close to 640 pixels, I like to keep them just under 640 so they ...
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How to transfer Preview signatures on Mojave?

Following the out-of-date Can I export my signature from Preview on one Mac and import it on another? - On Mojave no signature data appears in the folder ~/Library/Containers/com/apple.Preview/Data/...
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How to remove green hyperlink box in preview?

Is it possible to disable the obnoxious green hyperlink bounding boxes in Preview (PDF)? I do not have access to the latex. The link to the paper is here: https://arxiv.org/pdf/1806.01261.pdf. ...
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How to save a black & white photo as a color photo with Preview App

I open a black & white photo (.jpg) with Preview App (Version 10.1): Then i copy and paste a colored icon: But after saving the picture and open it again the color is missing: I cannot find ...
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Quartz filters in ColorSync Utility: what is “Image Sampling” and Quality?

I have created a couple of quartz filters to reduce the size of PDFs. For this I use Image Compression - which is pretty straight forward (just use JPEG and the a suitable quality level) - but there ...
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Preview 10.1 in macOS Mojave does not capture signature with camera

I recently bought a MacBook Air and I am not being able to capture a signature in a white sheet of paper with camera, as it was possible in previous machines and mac OS versions. Does someone have a ...
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How can I disable inline attachment previews (i.e. view as icon by default) in Mac Mail in macOS Mojave?

I would like to disable inline attachment previews by default, and instead view all attachments as icons in Mac's Mail app in macOS Mojave. In High Sierra, the following terminal command was ...
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Copy/Paste from documents (PDF, docx) - weird behaviour of diacritics

When I copy text from PDF (Preview) or Docx (Pages) with Czech characters, some of the Czech characters get copied with their accent "stuck" to them. To make this even weirder, this behaviour is ...
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How to send to front/back (“z-order”) when editing an image in Preview

I have added an oval to an image in Preview and would like to either send it to back or change its transparency: Well maybe the transparency were asking too much of Preview - but the others? Why ...
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Is there a way to recover a macOS Sierra Preview behaviour in macOS Mojave about LaTeX-typed PDFs?

I type most of my documents with LaTeX. Since I upgraded my Mac from macOS Sierra to macOS Mojave, links in the PDFs are displayed with a red box around them: However, when I open the same PDF in ...
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Missing text highlighting Color when selecting it in Preview

When I select text in PDF file in Preview it doesn't highlight properly. This issue is reproducible after a restart. I'm on Mojave 10.14.1 I mean it's not about highlighting words or something, that ...
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Preview unable to copy text

After upgrading to macOS Mojave, I suddenly cannot select text to copy anymore in Preview.app. I can highlight as normal and when the highlighting tool is active, I can select text but it immediately ...
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How to add signature to Preview on a Mac Mini? [duplicate]

How can I add my signature to Preview on a Mac without a built-in camera? I've got a mid 2012 Mac mini, running macOS 10.11 using a 3rd party mouse and Apple keyboard, connected to 2x 3rd party HDMI ...
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Why are there two <Command> + I shortcuts in preview?

I'm used to using Preview for simple edits to images - cropping, censoring, highlighting, rotating - and I try to use shortcuts as much as possible. Previously I would use Cmd + I to show the ...
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Preview application is not showing search results when I do Cmd + F to search a string

Actually this error occurred after I updated my os to Mojave. Earlier it was working fine. I'm using a MacBook Pro 2015 model. Caveats -: I am searching in pdf files containing texts. I've tried ...