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Go Back and Forth Fast in Preview

If you're reading a PDF in Apple's Preview software, and you follow a bookmark or an internal link to move around within the PDF, you can quickly return to where you were by pressing the keyboard shortcut Command-[ (that's Command-Left Bracket). Or, you can choose Go > Back.

The command works iteratively, so you can go back to just the previously viewed page or if you issue the command again, to the page before that, and so on. There's also an equivalent Go > Forward (Command-]).



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Google is great, but it won't help you find information on just those Web pages you've viewed. For that, you need a utility on your Mac, such as SmileOnMyMac's recently released browseback. Unlike other Web history utilities, browseback presents the pages you've visited as chronologically stacked decks of card-like thumbnails, making it easy to, well, browse back through your Web travels. You can also perform full-text searches to limit the view to just those pages that match, and once you've found the page in question, you can view it in PDF as it was when you visited it, go to it in your browser again, save it to PDF, print it, or send it to someone via email. browseback is both fun and useful (Macworld gave it a Best of Show Award at Macworld Expo San Francisco earlier this month), and it's well worth a try. It's a 2.6 MB download, and there's a universal binary version available for those folks with new Intel-based iMacs.

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