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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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