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Having trouble opening PDFs on your Mac? If you're looking for a reliable way to open and view PDFs on Mac, there are tools such as Adobe Reader and other similar PDF programs out there that let you easily read PDF files. Some of them even offer limited options for editing your PDF as well. If you want a complete system that will help you not only view but also edit your PDF files in a number of different ways, PDFelement for Mac is a great solution. In this article, we'll outline how to open PDF on Mac with PDFelement for Mac.

One of the best options for viewing PDF files on Mac is PDFelement for Mac. The software is designed to make it easy for you to read PDF, as well as use its full set of features to easily annotate your PDF file. This means that you can highlight, strike through, underline, or add notes and stamps.

PDFelement also lets you add passwords to documents and even restrict opening, printing and editing of your PDF document on Mac. You can also sign the PDF file using an encrypted signature from your own handwriting. Most importantly, the interface is simple and easy to navigate for Mac users.

How to Open PDF on Mac

PDFelement for Mac is compatible with Mac OS X 10.10, 10.11, 10.12, 10.13 and 10.14 Mojave. The following simple steps will help you open your PDF files on Mac using PDFelement for Mac.

Step 1: Begin by Opening Your PDF File

Download and install PDFelement for Mac on your computer and then launch the program. To open PDF on Mac, click on the "Open File" button at the bottom right and browse for the PDF file you would like to open. Alternatively, you can also just drag and drop the PDF file into the program window.

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Step 2: Edit the Document after Opening a PDF

Once the document is open in PDFelement, you can easily edit the text and images in the document. You can change font style, font size and even color. Select the "Edit" button to turn on the editing functionality, and then click on the text you want to edit. You should see a blue box around the text. Double click on the text to bring up the cursor and then select the text to change its font style, size, or color.

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To add text, click on the "Add Text" icon under the "Edit" menu and then click on the page where you want to add text. An input box will appear where you can proceed to type in the text.

To add an image to the document, click on the "Edit" button in the toolbar and then select "Add Image". Drag the image you wish to add into the document. You can resize the image by clicking on the edge of the blue box and then dragging it to adjust the size.

Step 3: Share the File after Opening PDF

Once you are happy with all the changes, click on "File" and "Attach to Email". Log in to your email account to attach the PDF to email. You can then simply send the PDF via email right from PDFelement.

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Tips: How to Open PDF with/without Bookmarks Showing on Mac

When creating PDF files, you can choose to build bookmarks for easy navigation of pages. Bookmarks are linked text that let you navigate directly to pages within your PDF file quickly, appearing on the left side panel. Although they can be helpful for large documents, you might not always find them necessary, so you may want to hide them. In this article, we'll show you how to open and view PDF file with or without bookmarks showing.

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Step 1. Import PDF into PDFelement: Launch PDFelement for Mac and then click on the "Open File" button. You will be able to select the PDF on your Mac and open it with the program. Alternatively, you can also import PDF files into this application by clicking on "File" in the main menu and then clicking "Open".

Step 2. Open PDF with Bookmarks: The PDF will now be displayed. If it has bookmarks, PDFelement will automatically show bookmarks in auto view mode. As you view your PDF file, you will be able to see bookmarked content. You can also click on the "Bookmark" button in the left panel, which is the second icon on the left panel to display bookmarks.

Step 3. Open PDF without Bookmark Showing: You can also view the PDF file without bookmarks showing. To hide bookmarks or change to a different viewing mode, you can go to the "File" tab on the main menu and click on the "Properties" button. Here, you will be able to see Description, Security and Initial View. Click on the "Initial View" option. You can then select the viewing modes of your choice from "Page Only", "Bookmarks Panel and Page" and "Pages Panel and Page".

Solutions for PDF Won't Open on Mac

"My MacBook Pro can't open PDF files, especially those embedded in emails as attachments. Why can't I open PDF attachments?"

  1. Many factors can block you from opening a PDF file on Mac. These include damage to your PDF file, incompatibility issues between your PDF reader and files, and PDF protection that prevents a PDF file from being opened by unauthorized users. If you can't open a PDF file on Mac, try looking into these issues first.
  2. PDF files can't be opened due to file damage issues. Some PDF files will be damaged during the process of downloading or sharing. If a prompt from a PDF reader tells you that the PDF file you're trying to open is damaged, try asking for the PDF file to be re-sent, or save it to your local drive before opening it.
  3. PDF reader for Mac can't open a PDF file on Mac. Sometimes your PDF reader just can't open a PDF file because it doesn't support a PDF file that doesn't conform to certain industry-specific PDF standards. In this case, you should choose another PDF reader for Mac to open it.

Tips and Tricks on Using MacOS Mojave

This Apple's operating system comes loaded with a bunch of new features. Here are a few tricks to help you make better use of this OS:

  1. MacOS Mojave is already available. Download it to update your macOS to the latest version.
  2. The new macOS Mojave will make it possible for users to shop online using Apple Pay. Websites will display the Apple Pay button.
  3. Mojave will also bring Picture in Picture (PiP) TO Mac.
  4. An auto unlock feature will use location data from Apple Watch to unlock your Mac automatically.
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Published: Oct 18,2017 15:02 pm / Updated: Nov 23,2018 17:14 pm

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