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Daniel, Mac Genius
Category: Mac
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Experience:  Apple certified on desktop and portable, help desk qualified. Have owned and used Macs since 1989.
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hi..How do I permantently delete PDF files

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hi...ibook 4, mac osx, version 10.4.11, sn 4H544ESSSE9. How do I permanently remove items from PDF?  I already paid.  I have not tried anything because I do not know how to do this.  How long is this going to  take?  Please respond.

Hello, my name is Dan.
I will do my best to help you, the only stupid question is the unasked one.

I can help, it will take us working together to do this so I need a little more info about the problem before I can give you the correct answer.

You have an iBook G4 with 10.4.11 on it, I am familiar with that Mac and OS X.

Can you tell me the source of the PDF? Is it one you created or one downloaded?
If you created the PDF what software did you use? Adobe Acrobat or Apple software?

Lets start there and see where it takes us.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

I do not know what the source of my PDF means. I have apple soft software; I am not sure if I have adobe acrobat.


Ok, when you double click to open the PDF what application shows in the menu bar?
Like this.

Mine opens in Preview, yours may use a different app.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

how do I open Preview?

I do not want you to open Preview, it is not a PDF editor.
That is what you wish to do, correct? Edit a PDF?

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

I received several PDF files through E-mail. I want to delete them completly.

Ok, now I understand. You do not want to edit, you want to delete them.
Did you download the PDFs from the email?
If so then you will need to find them and drag them to the trash.

You can do this easy by using Spotlight to find the location.
Open a Finder window, then type one of the PDF file names into the search box. If you do not know a file name then just type in PDF.
Using PDF as a search term it will find all PDFs on your Mac, then you have to sort to find the ones you want.

Along the bottom of the window will be the path to find the item.

After locating it then just drag to the trash. Make sure to empty the trash or it will still be on your Mac.

Does this help? If it is not clear please let me know.
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Thank you Sherry, if you have any more problems that I can help with, please ask.