I think I just broke Preview...

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by robbo91, Nov 17, 2012.

  1. robbo91 macrumors newbie

    Feb 11, 2010
    Hey guys,

    So I was studying for an exam, and I had maybe 16 .pptx files open in preview (so just looking at the still slides).

    Obviously, with 10.8 being super user friendly and all, it keeps these arranged in the way I left them (which was 4 in each corner of the screen, over a few desktops) when I turned the computer off.

    So when I resumed to study the next day, the .pptx files all open at once and the whole Preview app basically destroyed itself. All the windows for each file are open, but with the activity indicator spinning non-stop. I cannot use any of the menu items up the top of the screen.

    I have to use either Activity Monitor or the command line to kill Preview, but this does not reset the window configuration (meaning it tries to open all my windows again and I am stuck with the same problem no matter what I do). Activity Monitor also notes that Preview takes up 110% of CPU usage...

    If anyone has any advice on what to do, I would be really grateful. Exams are over, but it would be good to have a fully functioning Preview app again...
  2. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    I believe if you go to the General pane in system prefs and set recent items to zero it will stop opening all those files.
  3. Drew017 macrumors 65816


    May 29, 2011
    East coast, USA
    check the "Close Windows When Quitting An Application" box in the "General" Prefpane in System Preferences, then open a single image preview and see if it works. Then you can uncheck the box....


    If that doesn't work, you can delete the preview plist file

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