Recovering unsaved PDF changes in Preview

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by blue6353, Oct 15, 2009.

  1. blue6353 macrumors newbie

    Dec 19, 2006
    Preview's new annotations features are awesome. I'm finally able to read on my computer and make notes in an easy way. This is all good. Except that there apparently is no auto-save feature in Preview.

    I was working on a PDF and had lots of notes and then accidentally hit the keyboard shortcut for "Move selected PDF to Trash" (this, IMO, should not even exist, or at least should be something more complicated than command+delete or, at the very least, have a confirmation of deletion window). Anyway, once I moved the PDF back to its original file location and opened it back up, all the notes (lots of them) that had been added before the last save were now gone. I'm stupid, I know.

    Anyone know of anyway that I might be able to recover my changes from some temp file stored somewhere or something?

    Oh, and when I select File>Open Recent, it's always empty. Not sure why, not an option in Preview Preferences.

  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus


    Mar 7, 2007
    No, there is no way to recover unsaved changes.
  3. jzwolak macrumors newbie

    Jun 11, 2010
    OMG!! Apple really missed this!

    I don't have an answer to your question, but I want to say that I've had bad experiences with this "Move Selected PDF to Trash" menu item... I was editing the bookmarks in Preview and wanted to delete one... I decided to use the keyboard and hit "Delete"... that didn't work, so I tried "Command+Delete" and bam!!! My PDF is gone!! I was trying to delete the bookmark by clicking it and hitting "Command+Delete"... why shouldn't that work??? and why on Earth did Apple think it was a good idea to delete the PDF in this case!!!???

    Is there anyway to disable this menu item?

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