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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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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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Why is Preview causing the colors to incorrectly blend in these PDF images?

I made the following image in PDF format (a figure for a scientific work): On my Linux machine, I've opened this image in evince and okular and it looks like it appears here just fine. It also ...
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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 ...
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Pasting from clipboard into preview is overwriting existing preview image

Today when pasting an image from the clipboard into Preview it is overwriting an existing working image - instead of creating a new window. This is not the behavior that I am accustomed to for years ...
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Does there exist a means to use Ranger in iTerm2 and Preview Images with X11 forwarding enabled on an SSH session?

So I am using the ranger terminal application, which is a vi style file browser. I've followed this tutorial to achieve image preview compatibility with the iTerm application. This works very well for ...
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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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When inserting notes in Preview app, apostrophes become double-byte characters

Whenever I type a word with an apostrophe inside a note that I insert in a PDF document in Preview (i.e. "I'm"), the apostrophe automatically becomes a double-byte character. I have no idea why this ...
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How to change font color of notes made on Preview?

Its possible to add notes in a pdf file with macOS Preview app, by doing: Tools > Annotate > Note Or usinng shortcut ctrl+cmd+N. The note is enclosed by a colored box and its possible to ...
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PDF encoding is changed when downloading it to Mac book from preview mode (browser)

I have found a strange issue that PDF encoding is changed when downloading it to Macbook. Dowloaded pdf encoding is different from the preview mode (in the browser) In preview mode and dowloaded pdf ...
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Text markup changes style when I edit it after document re-opening in Preview

I have a pre-set style when I markup PDF documents with text in Preview. This is the default style when I add a new annotation: As long as I edit the annotation in my current session, it stays the ...
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Can I prevent Preview from automatically resizing its window when using search?

As far as I can tell, Preview seems to be the only macOS app that auto resizes its own window when a the user searches the open document. Is there any way to prevent Preview from automatically ...
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Preview Not Displaying Closed Files Correctly

One neat thing I like about many programs on OSX was that you could see at a glance which files were open in the program and which files you had recently closed. For example, in TeXShop I can see the ...
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How can I preview an image in its original size?

I have 2 images in a directory and I see from the Get Info that one has Dimensions: 532 × 1051 and size 45KB on disk. The other based on the Get Info has Dimensions: 1440 × 2900 and size 379KB on disk....
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windows pdf highlight, underline, etc come with a square in mac preview?

How to get rid of them in the first place? I mean, I don't want to delete them one by one as in the other threads. I just want to know how to prevent this happening at all(may be has something to do ...
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How to make Preview render PDF docs with crisp fonts on MacBook Air (without Retina Display) in Mojave?

Hi have a Macbook Air (previous model, no retina display). Ever since the Mojave update, Preview renders text in PDF files quite blurry compared to Adobe Acrobat. For instance, here is a screenshot ...
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What happened to Preview's “Markup.appex”?

There's a Markup app extension in Mojave--it's clearly installed, because I can use it. Where did it go, though? It used to be in /Applications/Preview.app/Contents/Plugins/ in past versions of macOS, ...
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No previews for Desktop files on Mojave [duplicate]

Here is what it looks like (two regular png images which previews were working fine before I upgraded to Mojave). Third one is a folder with custom picture and it was like that on High Sierra too. ...
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“open” command not working after upgrade to High Sierra

After my recent upgrade to High Sierra, the command line command "open" no longer opens much. I have tried it on PDF, PPTX, png. It does work on ascii text files. The 'Preview' app does open if I ...
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Save opened files in Preview as reading list

I am a researcher and I have to keep open multiple sets of PDFs pertaining to different projects. I generally use one window per project with tabbed PDFs. Is there any way to export the reading list ...
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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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issues rendering images when using any icc profile (including apple's default). clipped dark areas. preview/quicklook shows wrong contrast

Firstly: I know this problem has been around and recurrently emerges since around 2014. Many OSs and program updates happened since then. Some solved the problem (cfr. Lightroom version 5.7 that fixed ...
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Does 'Preview' block links pointing to executables?

Does the Preview application which comes native with macOS have a blacklist, which prevents the launch of common executable types (similarly to adobe reader which prevents .exe .js etc. files to be ...
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Open/Show a tightly cropped image in Preview

For a small-ish image that has been opened by Preview it has been placed on a Tab that is the same size (much larger) as the existing tabs. Is there any way to do either of: Open the image in a Tab ...
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Is there a keyboard shortcut to open the filename popover menu in Preview, Pages, etc.? [duplicate]

I'm referring to the popover menu that opens when clicking the little down arrow next to the file name in some apps. I use that extensively—it would be convenient if there were a keyboard shortcut to ...
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Preview notes/highlights offset and uneditable

Recently, I have had a problem with highlighting and adding notes in preview. When I highlight, the correct words show up highlighted in the document, but the side panel shows a set of words which is ...
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How do I open a OneDrive file in Preview using Applescript?

How do I open a OneDrive for Business file using Preview using Applescript? I’ve tried this so far: tell application "Preview" to open POSIX file "Users/myname/One Drive - MySchoolOrCompany/path/to/...
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Opening any LaTeX-made PDF file with a hyperlink or internal link freezes entire computer

After a recent software upgrade, opening almost any PDF file I have freezes the entire computer for 15 seconds. The problem is worse for larger files, but present even for tiny files. The problem is ...
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Copy columns of tables on web pages

In PDFs in Preview I can select individual columns of tables by pressing the option key while dragging. This selects individual columns like this: However, pressing the option key while dragging in a ...
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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 tabs (different versions of a research paper). In other applications I would do this by selecting Command-[TabNumber] e.g. ...
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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 monthly statement I n safari pop up, the font is ...
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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 ...