Introduction: These Simple Tricks Will Make Preview One of the Most Adorable Apps on Your Mac
Preview is a built-in multi-purpose app that you can use to view, edit, or create various sorts of content. To open Preview, go to Finder -> Applications folder -> Preview or simply hit Command + Spacebar to call Spotlight search and type in Preview in the search line.
Using Preview is very simple, and in this post, we`ll show you eight main tricks for how to get maximum out of the app.
Step 1: Open a Great Variety of File Formats Using Preview
The sheer breadth of formats Preview is able to open is stunning. You don`t need to download Office to view a PowerPoint file. Make a right click, and it`ll open in Preview and have a quite easily scrollable interface.
Word documents, Illustrator, and Photoshop files can easily be opened with Preview not to say of image files like PNG, GIF, RAW, JPEG, and BMP.
Step 2: Convert Files in a Couple of Clicks
Preview is a cool workable converter that lets you change file formats. For instance, you can open Illustrator file using Preview and then change its format to PNG with no need for Illustrator. But you`ll probably want to use Preview for file conversion from and to PDF. Here`s how to do it:
· Open the file you want to convert
· Go to the menu bar and click on File tab
· From the popup menu, choose Export
· Select the format you need and press Save
With these tips, converting to and from PDF is the way easier.
Step 3: Creating New Images From Clipboard
If you need to export a part of the image into new image, this tip is for you:
· Select the area of the image you need
· Copy it by hitting Command + C
· Then, open the pic you want to mix in Preview
· Go to the menu bar, click on File tab, and select New from Clipboard
A piece of picture you`ve copied from the previous image will move to the image you`ve opened with Preview. Then, you`ll be suggested to name a new file and save it.
Step 4: Find Metadata for an Image
If you want to learn about image`s format, color model, size, resolution, and other metadata, do the following:
· Open an image in Preview
· In the menu bar, click on the Tools tab and select Show Inspector or hit Command + I.
In the appearing window, you`ll find all the info you need to know about this image.
Step 5: Use Preview to Sign Documents
In the digital world, real-life signature is still needed, and Preview is the app that has this feature. You don`t need to print the documents, then sign them, and scan again to send. Instead, do the following:
· Click on Show Markup Toolbar icon (looks like a pen in the round circle)
· From the appearing menu, choose Sign
· In the appearing window, hit “Click Here to Begin” to place your signature.
Now you`re done: your signature will be dropped to the document, but you can resize it or change its place.
Step 6: Edit Your Images With Preview
Preview is a cool image editing tool that you can use to perform basic image manipulations. All available tools, including resizing or cropping, you`ll find in the Markup section.
Step 7: Auto-Enhancing and Color Adjusting With Preview Is the Way Easier
Although Photos app has a good set of editing tools, it`s a hassle to move a picture into and out of this app. Preview does basically the same and is much easier to use. Here`s how you can adjust color of your picture:
· Open the picture with Preview
· Click on the Markup icon
· From the appearing menu, choose Adjust Color.
You`ll see the window with multiple settings like saturation, exposure, contrast, and others. You can adjust color setting manually or choose Auto Levels option, and the app will do everything for you.
Step 8: Merging and Adding PDFs
Use Preview as an editing tool for PDF files. If you need to delete a page, just pick it up from the sidebar, go to the menu bar, choose Edit tab, and hit Delete.
Inserting pages is also easy: click on the Edit tab -> Insert. Then, choose whether to insert a page from file or a blank page. Besides, don`t forget to choose the page from the sidebar after which you want to insert a new page.
If you want to move pages around, click on the page and drag it to where you need it to be. You can also drag pages from another PDF files.