Preview not working

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  1. omeletpants macrumors regular

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    All of the sudden Preview is not working. It opens but does not show the pdf. Running SL on an Intel Mac.
     
  2. spinnerlys Guest

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    Repaired permissions via Disk Utility yet?

    Do you by any chance use Spaces? Could it be in another Space?

    Also does it only happen with .pdfs?

    Btw, what Intel Mac and what SL version do you use?
     
  3. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    In other words, more information
    Anything you can tell us that may or may not seem relevant :)
     
  4. omeletpants thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ok, now I must have screwed something up and can't get Preview to open.

    I can open .pfds, but not JPEG

    Repaired permissions---did nothing to help

    10.6.2 on an Intel Duo 2

    Should I re-instll the app? How would I do that?
     
  5. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    Try copying the ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.Preview.plist to the desktop and deleting the .plist from the Preferences directory. Then run Preview.
     
  6. omeletpants thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ok, where do I find that?
     
  7. spinnerlys Guest

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    Macintosh HD / Users / YOU / Library / Preferences / com.apple.Preview.plist

    The ~ is a stand in for your home folder/directory (Macintosh HD / Users / YOU).

    Also Macintosh HD is the name of the HDD when you buy your Mac, but you may have changed that name already.
     
  8. omeletpants thread starter macrumors regular

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    Tried it but it didn't work. Still cannot open Preview. What if I wanted to re-install it?
     
  9. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    You need your install disk then and to download Pacifist to find the Preview app on the install disk.
     
  10. calderone macrumors 68040

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    What exactly happens?

    First you said you couldn't open PDFs, then it was that you could open PDFs but not JPEGs, now it is just "Cannot open Preview."

    Have you tried checking the logs with Console?
     
  11. spinnerlys Guest

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    I uploaded my version here, it's from Mac OS X 10.6.2. Does that work?
    I deleted the upload, so if anyone wants it again, just ask or use Pacifist as -aggie- suggested.

    [​IMG]
     
  12. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    Thanks, but is it legal?

    That's the only, albeit small, concern I have right now.

    We'll see. I can delete it if necessary (or the mod if s/he dares to). ;)
     
  14. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    I've seen it done on here before and they didn't delete it. It's not like you're giving them OSX.

    Hopefully the OP gets it fast and you can delete it.
     
  15. omeletpants thread starter macrumors regular

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    Spinnerlys, when I click on your link all I get is advertisement. I have also been trying to change the default from Preview to Safari and open documents there. But it won't let me make it the default, it forces me to select "open with" each time
     
  16. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    He showed you what to do. Click on "click here." It still works, I just tried it.
     
  17. omeletpants thread starter macrumors regular

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    Works! Thanks folks---you are the best on the internet. Always get the help I need here.
     

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