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10.9: Configure Preview to display PDF thumbnails Apps
Suppose you want to open a PDF with thumbnails displayed but the person who produced it did so with table of contents displayed.

If you change Preview's configuration for this PDF to thumbnails by selecting View » Thumbnails and then save it by selecting File » Save, the next time you open the PDF it will display the Table of Contents rather than thumbnails.

Instead of selecting File » Save, select File » Export as PDF... from the list.

In the Export sheet that displays, note that '.pdf' is appended at the end of the filename. Thus, if the file already had a .pdf extension, it now will have a duplicate extension.

Modify the filename as desired, navigate to the desired destination, and click the Save button. The resultant PDF subsequently will open with thumbnails displaying automatically.

An alternative to using Preview’s above menubar items is to use its View and Print toolbar buttons (the former is included in Preview’s default toolbar set; the latter would need to be added to the toolbar after selecting View » Customize Toolbar...).

Click the View button, select Thumbnails, then click the Print button. In the Print sheet that displays, click the PDF button in the lower left corner of the sheet. Select Save as PDF... from the popup menu.

Modify the filename as desired, navigate to the desired destination, and click the Save button. The resultant PDF subsequently will open with thumbnails displaying automatically.

[crarko adds: This may not work if the original PDF is protected. Over the years I've found PDF isn't quite the open standard I'd like it to be. Still, it remains better than the alternatives. A quick question: is this really 10.9 only? I didn't see it as an option in Snow Leopard, but what about Lion/Mountain Lion?
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