Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Mac Tip: Opening a PDF On a Mac

Today I took a support call at work for someone that was having trouble opening a PDF on her mac.  She said that when she tried to open it she was getting an error message saying that it was corrupt. I asked what program she was trying to open it in and she said adobe reader.

What a lot of people don't know is that macs come with a built in PDF viewer called Preview. Putting adobe on your mac is just not necessary.

I wanted to see if she was able to open the PDF using preview so I had her right click on the file and select "open with" and choose Preview. The file opened with no problem.

If she had right clicked and selected "other..." she would have been able to check off the text box called "always open with" and all PDFs would then be associated with preview and double clicking a PDF would open in Preview from then on.

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