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10.6: Delete selected page(s) from a PDF in Preview Apps
Snow Leopard only hintThe function to delete the selected page (or pages) from a PDF file disappeared from the Edit menu of Preview in Snow Leopard. Even worse, it was replaced (using the same Command-Delete shortcut) with a command that moves the entire PDF document to the trash.

You can, however, still delete selected page(s) through an undocumented keyboard shortcut. Hold down Shift-Command-Delete with one or more pages selected, and only those pages will be deleted from the document. Page numbering, however, does not update to reflect this deletion until you (re)save the file (in 10.5, the numbering updated instantly upon deletion).
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10.6: Delete selected page(s) from a PDF in Preview
Authored by: noworryz on Nov 06, '09 08:25:52AM

The Delete function to delete a page from a PDF has not been removed from the Edit menu in Snow Leopard. It has no keyboard shortcut shown, however.

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10.6: Delete selected page(s) from a PDF in Preview
Authored by: zikman on Nov 06, '09 08:33:53AM

if you have the page or pages highlighted in the sidebar, you can just hit the delete key and it works the same as the 'delete' option under the edit menu.



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10.6: Delete selected page(s) from a PDF in Preview
Authored by: hankk on Nov 06, '09 09:46:22AM

Agreed -- just highlight the page and hit the Delete key. Apple simplified the command and it's more intuitive now.



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10.6: Delete selected page(s) from a PDF in Preview
Authored by: justice on Nov 06, '09 11:46:32AM

It's great that they simplified it, but I think they made two mistakes in the process. First, they remapped the old shortcut to a destructive command (WTF?). Second, they didn't note the new shortcut on the menu. I went for several weeks after Snow Leopard was released before I figured out that I could still do a delete from the keyboard.



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10.6: Delete selected page(s) from a PDF in Preview
Authored by: notmicro on Nov 06, '09 06:00:54PM

Too bad it isn't scriptable.



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10.6: Delete selected page(s) from a PDF in Preview
Authored by: awado on Nov 07, '09 11:04:12AM

Assign a keyboard shortcut to that menu entry and you can script it.



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10.6: Delete selected page(s) from a PDF in Preview
Authored by: WeyrleaderZor on Dec 30, '09 08:29:33AM

Actually, you can add pages to an existing document, too (instead of just adding the document to the sidebar separately). To add pages to an already open PDF, you have to select the pages you want and drag them up near the pages of the other document; a bounding box will appear when your mouse pointer rolls over its area. A solid line will appear to show where the pages you are dragging will be dropped if you move the pointer up near the bottom of the last page of (or between two pages in) the other opened PDF.

It is interesting to note, too, that Apple did a nice job changing the single-page delete function to just the delete key... This is true unless you're deleting the last remaining page of a second document opened in the sidebar. You still have to CMD+delete to remove that (I'm guessing this is because it's not deleting the page, as far as Preview is concerned, it's deleting the document/book as a whole).



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