I need to merge to images into one PDF with Preview

iRock1

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Hi.

I remember doing this in my Snow Leopard times with no pain at all. It was as simple as opening two documentes with Preview, open up the miniatures view on the sidebar and then drag and drop the desired page from document A to the sidebar in document B.

I've trying doing this now in Sierra and it just DOESN'T WORK. How the hell can I force Preview to do what I need? And please confirm in your own Mac that you approach works before suggesting anything.

Thanks in advance.
 
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Nigel Goodman

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I've just done this with two screen shots and I'm running Sierra. It should work with any other images as well. I opened the first image in Preview, opened the thumbnail drawer, dragged the second image from the desktop into the thumbnail drawer, saved as pdf (Print to pdf).
 
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rhett7660

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Hi.

I remember doing this in my Snow Leopard times with no pain at all. It was as simple as opening two documentes with Preview, open up the miniatures view on the sidebar and then drag and drop the desired page from document A to the sidebar in document B.

I've trying doing this now in Sierra and it just DOESN'T WORK. How the hell can I force Preview to do what I need? And please confirm in your own Mac that you approach works before suggesting anything.

Thanks in advance.
What happens if you only open one of the documents and then drag the non-opened one?

I just did it this way and worked. OS 10.12.6
 
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iRock1

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I've just done this with two screen shots and I'm running Sierra. It should work with any other images as well. I opened the first image in Preview, opened the thumbnail drawer, dragged the second image from the desktop into the thumbnail drawer, saved as pdf (Print to pdf).
Thanks, that worked. I find the process to be way too cumbersome though. It should work when you go to File > Export as PDF.
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What happens if you only open one of the documents and then drag the non-opened one?
Ok, you do that, then what do you do next? Because I do the same, but since you have to have one of the thumbnails selected in the side panel, if you go to File > Export as PDF, a new PDF file will be created but containing only the selected thumbnail.
 

rhett7660

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Thanks, that worked. I find the process to be way too cumbersome though. It should work when you go to File > Export as PDF.
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Ok, you do that, then what do you do next? Because I do the same, but since you have to have one of the thumbnails selected in the side panel, if you go to File > Export as PDF, a new PDF file will be created but containing only the selected thumbnail.
Are you trying to print or merge?

I was able to have one of the documents open, then drag the unopened one into the opened one. It merged the document based on where I put the unopened one. I was able to view them all together in the one document now.

I didn't print or send to printer, but I don't think that should be an issue. Maybe I am miss understanding the question.
 

mpainesyd

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Be cafeful where you drag the extra file/thumbnail to in the destination side-bar. Some time ago Preview changed to allow separate documents in the same sidebar (pointless if you ask me!). You need to drag just below the destination thumbnail in order to merge the two documents (this is my experience with merging PDF pages but is likely the same with image files)
 

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