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    I cannot get pdf file open with SKIM. I am not sure if I am doing it correctly or not. I clicked on open and then open with Skim and nothing happens. Not sure if this is correct. Please let me know. Thanks in advance. Many on this board have been a real help to someone who is'nt the most knowledgable about macs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmeffa View Post
    I cannot get pdf file open with SKIM. I am not sure if I am doing it correctly or not. I clicked on open and then open with Skim and nothing happens. Not sure if this is correct. Please let me know. Thanks in advance. Many on this board have been a real help to someone who is'nt the most knowledgable about macs.
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    I'd guess that if neither Preview nor Skim can open the file, it's probably corrupted. I've yet to see a single pdf that could not be opened by one of them.
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    I am not sure if I did it correctly. I clicked the pdf file and went to open, and then I clicked open with: skim. Not sure if this is right or not?

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    And did you try just double clicking to see if Preview can open it?
    I cannot be held responsible for the things that come out of my mouth.
    In the Windows world, most everything folks don't understand is called a virus.

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    I clicked twice on the pdf and it did not open. Not sure what to do?

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    Open up Preview and the go to File > Open. Does the file open when you do that? Can you open any PDF file?
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    When I click on Preview it does,nt open up either. It just flashes down at the bottom of screen in the tool bar ( safari, etc). Not certain why this is?
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    If it's just the one PDF, it's probably corrupt. Re-download it or have it resent to you and try again.
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