For most ordinary users, PDF is a format primarily intended for passive reading and familiarization. But what if you, for one reason or another, needed to make corrections to such a document? To do this, you will need a special application that not only “reads” the document, but also allows you to edit the PDF file in graphic format.

In the Mac App Store, there are a lot of diverse software for working with PDF files, the price tag is different, and there are not so many ratings so that you can choose the right app based on them. But do not hurry spending your money, because we have a Preview app, which contains the necessary functions for working with PDF files. In this article I will tell you how to quickly search for a PDF document using the basic program Preview on Mac.

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Open the PDF document in the Preview application. To do this, double-click on the blue application icon, which looks like two pictures located on top of each other and follow this instruction:

  • Then click on “File” in the menu bar and select the “Open” option in the drop-down menu;
  • Select the desired file in the dialog box and click “Open”;
  • Click Edit on the menu bar;
  • Select Find -> Find…;
  • Click on the Search Box;
  • Enter a word or phrase in the Search field and press Enter;
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  • The document will highlight all references to the searched word or phrase;
  • To navigate through the results found, use the “< >” buttons below the search field.
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I have heard more than once that in the standard application the View is not enough to work with PDF files. The main drawback of this software is that it does not have support for versioning a document. This is certainly a problem, but a minor one. Everything regarding the basic functions for viewing here is all up to the mark, thanks to developers from Cupertino.

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Hi there! My Name is Vincent Lago! My goal is to share insightful reviews, guides, and manuals for people looking to know more about current solutions for Apple hardware and OS. I have years of technological background knowledge including owning a custom iMacs & PCs which was using for different types of business. And now, I want to share my experience with you.

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