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Scroll PDF in Finder in Column View System 10.7
In the Finder, when working in Column View, if you select a multipage PDF you can scroll up and down in the document. This is much faster than using the small arrow controls, and appears to work with any input device that can scroll.

[kirkmc adds: Several points. First, in Column View, you need to have Show Preview Column checked in the View settings. When you select a PDF, its first page shows in the Preview column. From there, you hover your cursor and see two arrow buttons. You can either click on these or scroll.

This might be useful if you just need a quick glance at a file, but once you've selected the PDF, you can view it in Quick Look by pressing the space bar, which lets you see the document at full size.]
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Scroll PDF in Finder in Column View
Authored by: mchagers on May 07, '12 09:37:50AM

Quote: "This might be useful if you just need a quick glance at a file, but once you've selected the PDF, you can view it in Quick Look by pressing the space bar, which lets you see the document at full size.]"

True, but if you want to scan a directory full of pdf's you can use the arrow keys to go from one to the next, and the hover/scroll technique is much quicker to view each one; plus you can resize the preview column to show the pdf file at near full size (depending on your resolution).



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Scroll PDF in Finder in Column View
Authored by: kirkmc on May 07, '12 09:50:15AM

If you have a directory of files, you can press the space bar to Quick Look one file, then use the arrow keys to navigate; the preview changes as you key through the files.

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Scroll PDF in Finder in Column View
Authored by: sonderpa on May 07, '12 11:20:58PM

In Quick Look it's possible to scroll within a PDF with fn + arrow up or fn + arrow down.



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Scroll PDF in Finder in Column View
Authored by: carlbutler on May 08, '12 05:18:51AM

And this last tip works in any view.. List, column, Icon or cover flow!

Carl Butler
OSX 10.6.8
MacPro 4.1 2.66Ghz



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Scroll PDF in Finder in Column View
Authored by: bootareen on May 14, '12 03:10:55PM

Thanks! I always wondered how to scroll pages with arrow keys because usually it just changes the preview to other files in the folder. I tried combinations of option, shift, and command, but didn't bother trying the fn key!



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Scroll PDF in Finder in Column View
Authored by: frogmella on May 08, '12 04:43:05AM

Wow, this hint was a revelation for me: not that you can scroll PDFs, but that you can switch that stupid preview column off. It slows down the Finder, especially when browsing network shares, and you can still preview by hitting space. Much better!



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