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How to sign a PDF document on your Mac

Every once in a while, you might come across a PDF document that requires your signature, but that doesn’t mean you have to waste printer ink and effort by printing it out, signing it, and scanning it back into your computer.

The Markup feature in macOS makes things like this a breeze by letting you sign PDF documents digitally, and in this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can use it to quickly sign a document as easily as possible.

How to view animated GIF images on a Mac

Have you ever received an animated GIF image from someone before and then had trouble trying to view it on your Mac?

That’s probably because the Preview app, which is the default image viewer on macOS, isn’t built to properly handle animated GIFs. Instead, you’ll have to try another workaround.

How to split PDF files with the Preview app on Mac

PDF files are among one of the most widely-used forms of sharing documents with others across the internet; especially considering that the idea behind this file type is to have something that is universally readable on any platform.

If you do a lot of PDF handling on your Mac, then it might not be a bad idea to become familiar with how to split a PDF file, so we’ll show you how you can do that in this tutorial.

How to combine two PDF files into one with Preview on Mac

PDF files are very useful for a number of reasons. They’re easy to share and easy to open and read on just about any platform.

Besides the point, let’s say you had two or more PDF files on your Mac that you wanted to combine into one single PDF file. How would you do that?

We’ll show you how to merge two or more PDF files into a single PDF file with the Preview app on your Mac in this tutorial.

Customizing the toolbar in your Mac’s Preview app

Every Mac has the Preview app installed on it from the factory, and it’s the default app for opening many kinds of image file types, including PDF files.

Of course, the app has much more to offer than meets the eyes, and today we’ll talk about how you can customize the app’s toolbar to give yourself a little more functionality at a glance.

iOS 10 preview: your new Lock screen with Raise to Wake, widgets, interactive notifications & more

Having taken a closer look at a much improved Messages app, which delivers more expressive and animated ways to message friends and family, our preview of big new features in iOS 10 continues with a detailed overview of an all-new Lock screen. Wait, the Lock screen in iOS 10 warrants an article?

As you know, the Lock screen has remained virtually unchanged since the iPhone’s inception. With iOS 10, however, it’s  undergone some major improvements in the form of a refined look and feel, including vastly redesigned widgets, and new features such as interactive notifications, Raise to Wake and expanded use of 3D Touch shortcuts.

We think that many folks are going to appreciate how iOS 10 makes their device’s Lock and Home screens way more functional than before, so here’s a detailed walkthrough of all the goodies included in iOS 10’s freshened up Lock screen experience.

iOS 10 preview: Messages does stickers, apps, animations & more

Apple’s iMessage system has officially become a chat platform in its own right as Messages in iOS 10 now supports third-party apps, stickers and more. In addition, Messages on iOS 10 brings out a number of useful improvements, including animated chat bubbles and full-screen motion backgrounds.

But we’re just getting started: Messages on iOS 10 supports inline media previews, sports a redesigned built-in camera, provides downloadable stickers and apps, includes handwriting recognition, Digital Touch for your media and more.

Here’s our walkthrough showing off every new feature in iOS 10 Messages.

How to password protect PDF files on your Mac

Password protecting your PDF files is a great way to keep the contents from being revealed to those who you never intend to see them.

This great security feature can be taken advantage of right from the Preview app that comes bundled with your Mac, and in this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can use it to enhance the security of your PDF files.

10 keyboard shortcuts you can use in the Preview app

The Preview app that comes pre-installed on all Macs is more useful than a lot of people give it credit for. It’s not only used for opening different file types that reside on your Mac, but it can also be used to edit those files and to extract images from apps.

Regardless, most of you probably use just your mouse or trackpad to get things done in the Preview app. In this piece, we’ll show you 10 ways you can use your keyboard to quickly perform actions in Preview by way of 10 useful individual keyboard shortcuts.

How to crop an image in Preview on Mac

Preview is a tool that most Mac users use every day. I use it for viewing files, playing videos, and viewing images. I even use it for annotating images and making minor image edits.

One of the primary ways that I use Preview with images is when I need to crop an image to only display a specific portion. You could choose to copy and paste the portion of the image that you wish to save to a new photo, but there’s extra steps involved there that aren’t necessary.

Instead, wouldn’t it be better if you could crop an image using a handy keyboard shortcut? In this brief tutorial, I’ll show you how.