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10.6: Create standalone PDFs from Preview's sidebar
Authored by: Barrios123 on Oct 15, '11 11:30:31PM

If you have Mac OS 10.6 or above Snow Leopard, you can use the sidebar to make a multipage PDF. You won’t need any special software! To start you need a junk PDF of anything. It is important that this 1st item be a PDF- just open anything, select print and then save as PDF. When you close it you will see it on your desktop as a PDF. You will be deleting this PDF soon.

1. Open your junk PDF and select from the view menu: show sidebar. If this item were not a PDF you would not see that option. Your goal is make a multipage PDF- like a booklet- not a bunch of separate PDF’s that have to be printed and saved as separate pages. Once you share the book, others can print any individual pages or just let them all be printed- no margin issues! The way you tell the software to make this one multipage PDF is by adding each page on top of the 1st one in reverse order. Heres how you do this:

2. So far you have just your ‘throw away, one page PDF on the upper right side sidebar column. You need to select the page you want last in your finished work and drag it below the junk PDF- do not put it on top of the one to be thrown away. You now have 2 separate pages that will not be combined.

3. Trash the top one- the junk PDF- it’s history. Just highlight it and delete it. You still have the one that had been just below it which will later be your last page. You must add the pages to your finished PDF in reverse order for them to show up and print in the opposite, or correct, order. If you make any mistakes adding pages just remember to highlight, select, the page to discard and then delete. each new page or image need not be a PDF. All will be converted later automatically!

4. Select the pages one in a time from last to 1st and drag them on top of what you have. This makes them bound together. If you see something that looks like 2 or more bindings on the side of a page then you missed and created separate books instead of one. Just delete the extra book(s), and make sure to drop each new one in the right order directly on top of the previous one.

5. After you’ve added the page that will be page one select: save ALL. This will combine them as one gig PDF where all can be printed and/or viewed as individual pages.

6. Rename the whole thing or whatever the name was you had for page one will be the name of the entire PDF. You naming the book. The separate pages don’t need names anymore.

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