12 Things You May Not Know You Can Do With PDF Files In Mac Preview

Preview is a great tool for viewing PDF documents. But you can do much more than just viewing. You can fill in forms, even PDFs that don't have preset fillable fields. You can password-protect them, export them as images, merge documents, rearrange and delete pages and more.

Comments: 5 Responses to “12 Things You May Not Know You Can Do With PDF Files In Mac Preview”

    Edward Walsh
    1 month ago

    Hello Gary:

    Thanks for the video on Preview and what you can do.

    One thing you show I have a problem with. I have fillable PDF’s that I can open and fill in Adobe with no problem. However, I cannot do it in Preview. If I want to use Preview I have to use a text box which is extremely time consuming. At the same time those PDF’s have the ability to total the numbers I enter when using Adobe. It is possible that some fillable PDF’s won’t work with Preview?

    Thanks…

    Edward Walsh

    1 month ago

    Edward: You say these fields are performing calculations? That seems like pretty advanced functionality. Maybe it only works when you use Adobe Reader then.

    Terry Berger
    1 month ago

    When I enter text why does the text work right to left instead of left to right? I’ve used Preview for years and think it is great except for this one problem I am having.

    1 month ago

    Terry: So when you type text in preview it goes right to left? But it works fine in all other apps? Sounds like a language setting of some sort. But it will take some investigating to fix it.

    Edward Walsh
    1 month ago

    Hello Gary:

    Sorry for not replying sooner. Thank you very much for your response.

    Yes, this PDF does perform calculations almost like a spreadsheet.

    That being the case perhaps as you said only Adobe will work. That is unfortunate. I was hoping it might be just something I wasn’t doing with Preview.

    Again, thanks for taking the time to help me out.

    Sincerely,

    Edward Walsh :-)

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