May 14

Preview app

This might be a bit obscure, but if you ever need to do it then this will save you a lot of time! Today I had 33 separate pdf files that I wanted to print out.  I wanted them all printed out in alphabetical order. It took me 3 attempts.  Here is how to get them to open in Preview in alphabetical order first go so you can print them in bulk.

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Feb 25


Some people have reported that the create booklet PDF action that I wrote about here does not work with El Capitan.  I can verify that it does work perfectly with El Capitan.  If it’s not working after the upgrade to El Capitan you should try reinstalling it and then restarting your computer.   Continue reading for a link to download a free version of ‘create booklet’.

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Dec 28


Apple have retained the ability to merge two PDF files with the  built in ‘preview’ app in OSX El Capitan.  As with  previous versions of OS X, there are 3 different ways that you can do this.  1. You can merge them into 1 document  in Preview as you are opening them. 2. You can open them as seperate documents in Preview then merge them by printing them to one pdf file. 3. You can open them as seperate documents in Preview and drag pages from one to the other. Continue reading ⟩

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Sep 21


You may remember back in the day of Macintosh SE, System 6,  Apple ImageWriter,  Claris Works  and so on that you could print across several pages easily and make a banner.  That beautiful feature is completely missing from OS X, even though we are now up to OS X version 10!

There is a way to print across multiple pages though.  Save  your document as a PDF file, open it in Acrobat Reader (it’s free), and from there you can print it across multiple pages.

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Jul 29


OS X has a built in application that lets you open and read pdf files. It is called Preview. If you click on a pdf file it will automatically open in Preview.

Thankfully with OS X Yosemite (OSX 10.10) it’s really easily merge 2 pdf files with the built in OS X Preview app.

From within preview you can add more pages to the pdf file. When you save the pdf file these extra pages are combined so that all the extra pages are merged with the original pdf.


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Jun 20


Quite often I receive  a document to print double sided but I receive it as two single PDF files.  Other times I have two  documents that came from two different applications (for example one from pages and one from numbers)  and I want to print them back-to-back on one piece of paper using my double sided printer.  Here’s how to print to PDF files together using OS X Preview.

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Mar 15

Merge 2 pdf files

With every release of OS X Apple seems to slightly change the way to merge two pdf documents. I’ve previously written on how to merge 2 pdf files in Mountain Lion (10.8) and how to merge two pdf files in Lion or earlier. Here’s how to do it in OS X 10.9 Mavericks.  Continue reading ⟩

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Feb 12


Here’s how to customise your own Keyboard shortcuts for any OSX application menus. Continue reading ⟩

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