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How to Preview Images and Documents the Mavericks Way on Your MacBook

The Mavericks Quick Look feature is a great feature. Just select a file on your MacBook and press the spacebar, and Mavericks instantly displays the contents of the document or image without opening the application.

However, don’t forget that OS X has always offered a Swiss Army knife application for viewing image files and documents — namely, Preview. You can use Preview to display digital photos in several popular image formats, including TIFF, GIF, PICT, PNG, JPEG, and Windows Bitmap. You can also display PDF documents without any additional software.

If that were the sum total of Preview’s features, it wouldn’t deserve coverage. So, what else can it do? Here’s a partial list

  • Use Preview to add a bookmark at the current page in a PDF document by choosing Tools→Add Bookmark.

  • Fill out a form in a PDF document by choosing Tools→Text Tool.

    Click an area that’s marked as an input field, and you can type text into that field. After you complete the form, you can fax or print it.

  • Take a screen snapshot (saving the contents of your screen as a digital photo) by choosing File→Take Screen Shot→From Entire Screen.

    Preview displays an onscreen timer and then snaps the image for you after ten seconds. (This gives you time to get things just right before saying “Cheese!”)

  • Convert an image into another format or into a PDF file by choosing File→Save.

    If a PDF document can be edited, you can delete or insert pages at will.

  • Resize or rotate an image by using the commands on the Tools menu.

Mavericks automatically loads Preview when you double-click an image in a format it recognizes or when you double-click a PDF file. It also acts as the Print Preview window for some applications, opening a separate window to display the appearance of the printed document. However, if you want to launch Preview manually, click the Launchpad icon in the Dock and then click the Preview icon.

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