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I can't permanently close documents in Preview.

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Diggly Calculating status...
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Jan 25, 2012 6:45 AM

Hi! I'm having some troubles with Preview on Mac OSX Lion. I usually open a lot of PDFs and Pictures and naturally opened with Preview... But with the addition of Resume the pictures do show up again

BUT its not that you just close the document and its gone...

When I show the App Exposé and right click on the icon, it shows dozens of documents I have previously opened, still hidden and open in Preview!

Any Help on this??


MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.2)
  • keg55 Level 5 Level 5 (5,645 points)
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    Jan 25, 2012 6:48 AM (in response to Diggly)

    When you close Preview, try press/hold the Options/Alt key and Quit Preview. This should give you the ability to Quit and Close all windows.

  • sirozha Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
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    Jan 31, 2012 8:08 AM (in response to Diggly)

    While in Preview, navigate with your mouse pointer to the Preview menu. You will see the "Quit Preview" menu item listed at the bottom of the menu. Now press the Alt/Options button, and the "Quit Preview" menu item will change to "Quit and Close All Windows." When you click on it, all those "ghost" windows - which show up in Expose and are also listed in the dock's Preview icon when right-clicked on - will be gone.

  • Adamtg1 Calculating status...
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    Apr 20, 2012 2:38 PM (in response to Diggly)



    I'm having exactly the same problem as originally described in this post.  I've tried what is suggested but upon opening preview and going into expose, 10 or so photos are displayed in the lower half of the screen.  Can anyone please advise how to close them permanently?  If I click on a photo, it opens in a large window and if I click close then go into expose, it's still shown in the lower half of the expose screen.  Please help.





  • conorbyr Calculating status...
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    Apr 1, 2013 5:16 PM (in response to Diggly)

    go to File then to Open Recent

    in the drop down menu Select Clear Menu

    Exposé will continue to show the recently opened items until Preview is restarted


  • ColdFusion Calculating status...
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    Jan 14, 2014 8:12 AM (in response to Diggly)

    There should be a setting for the in Preferences for Preview. It's really confusing when you have activly told Preview to close the window.


    Checkbox: do not show recent documents in App Expose


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