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Preview.app is the default image and PDF viewer on OS X

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Is it possible to turn off Mac OS X extension hiding for a specific extension type?

My question is similar to Is it possible to turn off Mac OS X extension hiding?, however, I'd like to disable extension hiding for one specific extension type: .pdf The Preview app hides the extension ...
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Can I open the macOS preview app with a pdf open and automatically search for a string

I'd like to open the preview app with a pdf from a command line and make it search for a term an display the found term tight away. I thought about something like this: open xyz.pdf --args -f term ...
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MacOS Preview app - open PDFs in separate windows (instead of in the same window)

When opening a new PDF on Mac (Big Sur 11.4) the new file opens as a tab in an existing window. The new PDF opens without getting the focus, and so I need to look for it. If many files are open as ...
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How to make Preview open all PDF documents in full screen

When I open pdf files with the Preview in MacOS the scale of the window doesn't cover the whole desktop. It's smaller and I always need to make an open window wider and longer in order to view files ...
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Navigate tabs in MacOS Preview

Is it possible to navigate between the tabs in macOS Preview program as one does in Safari, with Cmd+Number? This doesn't seem to work for me, and after trying other combinations couldn't also get ...
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How do I reveal "hidden" image noise

Computer images can hide compression noise that's barely noticeable when looking directly at it, but if you tilt your laptop screen you see the noise, eg. the edges around the cans in this image. ...
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PDF page labels created in Adobe Acrobat Pro DC not compatible with Apple Preview?

Context The first 8 pages of my scanned book are Cover, blank, Title, Copyright, ..., and Table of Contents pages. Then start the pages with the actual pagination printed at the bottom (1, 2, 3,...). ...
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Previewing more context when searching PDF using Preview in macOS

When searching (CMD + F) a PDF in Preview for macOS, we are shown the searched word(s) in context in the column to the left. This context usually shows 2-3 lines. Question: Is there a way to show ...
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On Mac, file association for image files keeps changing to Grab, when I want Preview instead

For some reason, since a few weeks ago, every once in a while the file association for images like .jpg files will change to Grab (a built-in utility which is used for taking screenshots). I'm on ...
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Preview on macOS doesn’t open multiple PDF files in one window anymore?

Preview used to open multiple PDFs in one window - by selecting multiple files in finder, you could right-click and open all of them together. This was particularly useful to 1) get a total page count ...
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How do I prevent left and top white lines on a black picture?

I'm trying to copy some Excel (Windows) to either Paint (Windows) or Preview (macOS). The Excel stuff (a simple bunch of cells in a rectangular block) has a black background. However, the result of ...
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annotations made with evince appear in preview, but not in physical print-out

I made annotations with evince to a PDF and saved the PDF. I invested many hours of work into this so the annotations (colored highlighting) is valuable to me. Now I must print the PDF from an OS X ...
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How to get rid of a ghost scrollbar (a white bar) in full-screen mode in Preview.app?

I am on macOS Sierra 10.12.1 and when I open a PDF file in Preview, switch to full-screen mode and hit Command+2 I get a white bar on the right end of my screen; the “Nobody Knows Shoes” PDF file can ...
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How can I create a pdf with invisible/transparent text with my limited software tools?

I mostly use Preview.app to create simple pdf files (ever since I learned that you can add text to them with it). It suits my needs, and still would now... but if I try to select the "alpha" color (...
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What has Apple done to search in Preview and how can I fix it?

I have a PDF open in preview and am trying to search for a phrase, rather than just searching string matching exactly what is in the search box it searches for each word separately I can apply quotes ...
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open folder of file opened in Preview on a mac

I am previewing a file in Preview (some application opened the file for me). Now I think it's interesting and want to put it aside, from the finder application, as I want to drag it into google ...
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Preview App gets crashed

I have Macbook with 8Gb RAM. I have two folders with 1000 images each. The size of both the folders is around 25 MB each. I have to make some comparisons, therefore, I have to open the images of both ...
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How to fix private.xml from Karabiner app for Mac OS X to enable Vim-like navigation in the Preview.app?

Background information: I would like to use h, j, k, l navigation in the Preview.app. A few months ago I found a solution here: https://apple.stackexchange.com/a/188301/127306. Thanks to the Karabiner ...
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Preview very slow on OSX Yosemite

I have a MacBook Pro from 2011 with 4GB RAM and an i5, running OSX Yosemite 10.10.5. Since recently, Preview is ridiculously slow, taking long to start up, but periodically freezing for about 5-10 ...
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“Preview” app crashing Mac OS X 10.10.5 (Yosemite)

So my preview is crashing, I have a crash report here. I’ve tried a few things: Deleting all Preview preferences Completely reinstalling Preview from Pacifist Every time I open up anything in “...
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Translate in OSX Preview (for PDF)

I'm French studying in Germany (so in German) and lots of the docs of the university are written in German. Unfortunately, I'm not native speaker so I was wondering, is there a way to have the ...
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How to prevent Preview from opening files when it launches

The Preview application currently hangs when it opens (it doesn't crash - it becomes unresponsive). Since Preview opens the files that were opened at the last invocation - killing and reopening ...
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Highlighting tool overlap with multiple lines in Mac Preview on Yosemite

I updated to Yosemite on my MacBook Pro. When I try to highlight two lines of text on Preview, the highlight overlaps, which looks really horrible. Is there a way to control the height (size) of the ...
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Opening many of the same document with Preview causes multiple icons in dock

I want to open the same pdf three times with Preview so I can compare the pages side by side. I came across this Stack Exchange post about how to do this with terminal and how to use automator to add ...
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Preview.app always crashes

Since yesterday, my 10.9 Preview.app always crashes when opening any file. When I open it, it asks whether to reopen older windows; If I choose yes it crashes. If I choose not to and select a file it ...
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removing osx preview temp files

When I open a PDF file from email / webpage, preview automatically opens it up for me. But it saves a temp copy of the file on Desktop and it clusters up after a while. Is there a way to change the ...
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Is there a way to cancel screenshot taking in Preview?

Sometimes I choose "Take screenshot" > "Choose area" (not sure exactly because of translation) and understand that I want to scroll some content in the window, but I can't as it is not possible to ...
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10.8 Is there a way to jump to the top or bottom of current page when viewing a PDF in Preview?

To be clear, I am not asking for function right, which sends me to the end of document or space, which scrolls one screen height. If I am viewing page 31, I want to jump so that the top of 31 is at ...
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Change screenshot default name

How can I change the default screenshot name, to whatever I have written on Preview search tool at the time of the screenshot. As a function on terminal or as a script. Using OS X Mavericks. Thanks in ...
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OS X Mavericks Preview has very high CPU usage

Ever since updating to OS X Mavericks, Preview constantly eats up tons of CPU. As soon as I hear my fan start whirring, I check activity monitor and Preview is usually at ~100% usage. It's very easy ...
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how to hide text in a PDF in Preview

I need to send a pdf containing bank details about a payment, only some of the data in the pdf is relevant to the receiver, and I would like to hide everything else. I have opened the PDF in preview ...
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How to print in Grayscale from 'Preview' on MAC OSX?

I can't for my life figure this out?! The accepted answer here isn't helping me.
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Disable preview when scanning with MacOSX

Is there any way to disable preview when scanning in flatbed mode? I don't understand why does it automatically scan a preview since I usually rescan the whole area: it's just a waste of time! I must ...
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How to open Preview with no documents

I am using Preview on Mountain Lion (10.8.2). I opened a PDF in Preview and searched in it. Now whenever I open anything in Preview, it opens the PDF and the search always shows spinning on the ...
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OS 10.8 Preview URL Annotation

In the Preview app for Mac OSX Mountain Lion, I am missing the ability to add URL annotations. I have also downloaded Adobe Acrobat Reader, and found that this too now lacks this feature. What free ...
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Save annotated PDF notes as plain text from Preview

I have several PDFs with notes attached to them using the annotation toolbar in Preview on OS X. Is there a way to extract all notes from a PDF file into a text file? Skim does this really well, but ...
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Apple Preview and Chrome Color Profile Accuracy?

I have been having some issues with understanding how Apple's preview deals with Color profiles. I have noticed that when viewing a standard sRGB image on my Dell u2711 or MacBook Display that the ...
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Illustrator opens PDFs on save? How to kill?

OSX 10.7, Adobe Illustrator CS 5.1 When you save a PDF in AI, it automatically opens in Apple Preview (or whatever PDF application you have set as default). So, if you're editing several PDFs, and ...
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How can I most efficiently batch resize images on a Mac? [duplicate]

I've been batch-resizing images through Preview (OS X) through the menu bar, but I want a simpler workflow, since I do this a dozen times a day. What I want: Select a group of image files in finder ...
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Can't save checkmarks in a PDF file [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What's the rationale behind Fillable PDF's not being able to be saved? Save data typed into PDF Form I was sent a PDF form with some input check boxes. When I click ...
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How do I flip an Image in Preview?

Is there a way to see the mirror image of a photo in Preview on OS X? Is there a way to have Photo Booth Photos not come out in a mirror image?
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Minimum number of steps to get position and size of image selection in Mac OS X

I need to find out the position (x, y) and size (width, height) of a rectangle selection over an image, in as few steps as possible. This is because I need to repeat this manual process thousands of ...
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Why do some PDF documents appear garbled and unreadable in OS X Preview?

I occasionally come across some PDF documents which are unreadable on a Mac when using the standard OS X Preview. They work OK in Adobe Reader, but not in Preview. Does anyone know what the cause of ...
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Disable the Command-Backspace "Move to trash" keyboard shortcut

I use Preview to view PDF files (duh) and sometimes annotate them as well as search them profusely. I keep using the Command-Backspace combination to try to delete the current line I'm writing in the ...
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