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Work around a PDF page-opening and zoom level issue Apps
Sometimes, some PDF files do not start on page one, nor do they show up with the desired magnification. Moving to page one, setting the zoom, and resaving them does not fix the issues. When the new file is opened, the very same issues arise. Here's a fix, if you've got Acrobat Pro on your Mac:
  • Open the PDF file and choose Document » Extract Pages to extract all pages individually.
  • Select File » Create PDF » Merge Files into a Single PDF.
  • Drag and drop the individual files, and then use File Size LARGER » Combine Files » Save.
That's it!

[robg adds: I haven't tested this one, nor have I seen this particular PDF issue on my Mac.]
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Work around a PDF page-opening and zoom level issue
Authored by: RussellK on Oct 29, '08 08:25:34AM

Maybe I'm missing something here...but if you have Acrobat (not necessarily Pro, but any full version instead of Reader), this is a simple setting within the Document Properties.

Access Document Properties (command-D or File-->Properties) and in the Initial View tab set these things as you'd like.

The only reason this WOULDN'T work is on a locked PDF that doesn't allow changes...in which case the settings would be inaccessible anyway.



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Work around a PDF page-opening and zoom level issue
Authored by: drmacnut on Oct 29, '08 08:39:49AM

Shucks, I was hoping this was going to fix the most annoying "feature" of how Preview opens up a Spotlight-found PDF at some ridiculous zoom level and scrolled to the found search term. Let me be a little clearer:

Do a Spotlight search for a particular PDF. Let's say it's a flight to Seattle next month. We've got the itinerary for it stored somewhere on the Mac as a PDF, but can't remember where. So we type the words "Seattle" and "flight" and maybe "PDF" into Spotlight, and it finds the PDF. But when we open it, blam! there we are looking at a ridiculously zoomed version of the PDF which is somehow supposed to be helpful because it literally finds a search term and zooms to it. Now we've got to press Command-minus about 5 times to zoom it back out so we can see it properly (because there's no shortcut for "Zoom to Fit" BTW - grrr).

OK. So has anyone figured a hack or whatever to just make the PDF open normally at the default view after finding it with Spotlight?



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Work around a PDF page-opening and zoom level issue
Authored by: b00le on Oct 29, '08 09:11:44AM

I guess you're talking about Preview? Because Zoom to fit is Command-0 in Acrobat.



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Work around a PDF page-opening and zoom level issue
Authored by: Dr. T on Oct 29, '08 10:20:15AM

To drmacnut: I don't have the excessive zoom problem with Spotlight and Preview. Spotlight launches Preview which opens the PDF document to the most relevant page (the one with the most hits). Document magnification is actual size. In Preview Preferences under the PDF tab, I have 'Auto-scale' selected. If your choice also is 'Auto-scale' (instead of a user-defined magnification), then you may have a corrupt Preview plist file.



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Work around a PDF page-opening and zoom level issue
Authored by: jdm on Oct 29, '08 12:22:29PM
I even filed this as a "bug" with Developer Tech. Support, but they said "it is behaving as designed."

Then I found there is a hidden preference to turn this off. See
<http://www.macosxtips.co.uk/index_files/reduce-preview-pdf-zoom-after-spotlight.html>;

Basically you just need to type the following (in terminal)

defaults write com.apple.Preview Preview -dict-add PVPDFSpotlightSelectionSize 10


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Work around a PDF page-opening and zoom level issue
Authored by: M-3 on Oct 29, '08 10:21:17AM

I've solved this in the same way that I solve a QuickTime movie opening at the wrong volume level: I open the file, set everything (page #, zoom) the way I want it and then hit command-S to save it. Works every time. Of course to do this with a QuickTime, you'll need QuickTime Pro; With a PDF you can use Preview.



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Work around a PDF page-opening and zoom level issue
Authored by: harges on Oct 29, '08 01:06:17PM

A similar pitfall occurs when you have "Restore last view settings when reopening documents" checked in the Acrobat/Preferences/Document. With this, even if you change the initial view of a PDF (using the Properties menu in Acrobat) and then save the PDF, it will still open to the page and magnification with with it was last viewed. Very frustrating until you figure it out because it seems like document isn't taking the initial view changes you've just made.



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Work around a PDF page-opening and zoom level issue
Authored by: lwilkey on Dec 14, '09 04:17:59PM

The problem I had was that changing the default settings via edit> preferences did not work. I could go in there and change it all day long (and I did it 4 or 5 times!), but when I opened the file again, it was right back to 43% zoom level.

I used this fix and it worked. I did NOT desire to recreate the form if I didn't have to.

Thanks!



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