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robandkate Calculating status...
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Oct 13, 2009 3:57 AM
I am unable to change the "open with default" appliacation and it is really bugging me. I have ticked the option to always open with said application however when I click on a file it defaults to another application
any ideas????
mac 20" 2.4 ghz 3gB + MBP 15" 2.66 ghz 4gB + iPhone 3G 16gB = :-), Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • V.K. Level 9 Level 9 (56,120 points)
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    Oct 13, 2009 4:58 AM (in response to robandkate)
    delete the file /users/username/library/preferences/com.apple.launchservices.plist and try again.
    Mac Pro 3.2 GHz, Mac OS X (10.6.1), Mac Pro 2.66GHz, powerbook G4 1.5GHz
  • Steve Patt Calculating status...
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    Oct 20, 2009 2:37 PM (in response to V.K.)
    I have the same problem, and this "fix" did not work for me.
    iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.1)
  • David Sanger Calculating status...
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    Nov 9, 2009 4:07 PM (in response to robandkate)
    fix did not work for me either.

    any other suggestions. Changing default app only works for one file, Change All is dimmed
    MacBook Pro 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo | G5 1.8DP 6GB RAM | G4 733 | G4 400, Mac OS X (10.6.1)
  • cboody Calculating status...
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    Nov 22, 2009 2:43 PM (in response to David Sanger)
    I've reported this problem since OS 10.4. No help ever out here. The problem went away with Snow Leopard. I installed Parallels and now the problem is back. I can change each file, but the problem is the OS magically changed the default on hundreds of my files!
    Mac OS X (10.6.2), also OS 10.5
  • ichingboy Calculating status...
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    Dec 1, 2009 1:37 AM (in response to robandkate)
    Try this out:

    1) click once on the file in Finder
    2) choose File -> Get info (or Apple+I)
    3) select the application you want to open that file under "Open with"
    4) click on "Change All..." to apply this globally
    MacBook Pro 2.2 GHz, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • macjack Level 9 Level 9 (50,445 points)
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    Dec 1, 2009 12:28 PM (in response to robandkate)
    It sounds like LaunchServices to me also. These are only cache files but can get corrupted. V.K. gave you the local file but this command will also rebuild the system level file.
    Launch /Utilities/Terminal and copy & paste this at the command line to rebuild LaunchServices:


    Code:

    <pre class="alt2" style="margin:0px; padding:3px; border:1px inset; width:640px; height:34px; overflow:auto">
    /System/Library/Frameworks/CoreServices.framework/Versions/A/Frameworks/LaunchSe rvices.framework/Versions/A/Support/lsregister -kill -r -domain local -domain system -domain user
    </pre>

    Then press return. Wait until terminal returns to the command line. Quit Terminal. After that, log out and back in or restart. Let us know



    -mj
    iMac 24" 2.16 GHz 3GB RAM/22" external HP display, Mac OS X (10.6), iMac G4 17" 800 MHz 768MB/ iMac 333MHz 256 MB / LaCie d2s/ APC-UPS
  • davlab Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 16, 2009 6:55 AM (in response to macjack)
    I've been having a problem, since installing Snow Leopard, with one app (VectorWorks 2009) refusing to set default app to the current version. I keep 3 versions installed for backward compatibility.

    Thanks—your terminal command fixed this problem.
    iMac Core2Duo (Aluminum) 24", 2 GB ram, Mac OS X (10.6)
  • Walter Beagley Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Jan 7, 2010 11:19 AM (in response to macjack)
    The suggested terminal command did not appear to have any effect. In my case some types of files can have their default applications changed, others cannot. One program that opens 3 different types of files, can be set as the default for one of these file types. Individual files of the other two filetypes can be set to opened by the application in Get Info. But if I click on "Change all", the default specification immediately returns to its previous setting. It would take months to change the "open with setting" for each file, one at a time.
    Macbook pro, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • geofftwibell Calculating status...
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    Feb 24, 2010 4:17 AM (in response to Walter Beagley)
    I had this problem in Snow Leopard when trying to change the default application for Word .docx files. The Get Info/Open With wouldn't let me select Pages for 'Change All'. I fixed it by first selecting Textedit.app then pressing 'Change All' (which was accepted) then selecting Pages.app which this time was accepted when clicking 'Change All'
    Intel iMac 24"
  • Pstjean Calculating status...
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    Feb 26, 2010 7:05 AM (in response to robandkate)
    I have the same problem for a few users.

    .eps will always open in preview even if i do Get info > Open With Illustrator CS3 > When i click change all it turns back to preview...

    i have full access to the files.

    How cant i change them, its getting annoying
    Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.2), Quad-Core Intel Xeon 2,66 Ghz / 8go DDR3
  • kagatone Calculating status...
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    Mar 16, 2010 7:44 AM (in response to ichingboy)
    Thanks! This worked for me.
    MacBook, Mac OS X (10.6.2), MacPro / MacBook / Mini
  • kagatone Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 16, 2010 7:45 AM (in response to kagatone)
    I meant to address that to ichingboy's input above
    MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.4)
  • Adriaan Renting Calculating status...
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    Mar 31, 2010 5:20 AM (in response to macjack)
    macjack wrote:
    It sounds like LaunchServices to me also. These are only cache files but can get corrupted. V.K. gave you the local file but this command will also rebuild the system level file.
    Launch /Utilities/Terminal and copy & paste this at the command line to rebuild LaunchServices:


    Code:

    <pre class="alt2" style="margin:0px; padding:3px; border:1px inset; width:640px; height:34px; overflow:auto">
    /System/Library/Frameworks/CoreServices.framework/Versions/A/Frameworks/LaunchSe rvices.framework/Versions/A/Support/lsregister -kill -r -domain local -domain system -domain user
    </pre>

    Then press return. Wait until terminal returns to the command line. Quit Terminal. After
    that, log out and back in or restart. Let us know


    I only had to do the above command in the terminal window to solve my problem. I didn't need to log in or out or anything. I'm not sure what lsregister does, but it fixed it. Thanks!

    My problem was with XML files, which were locked into having Dashcode as the default application from the moment I had Xcode installed on Snow Leopard.

    It works now with my favourite XML editor.
    MacBook Pro/iPod/iPhone 3Gs, Mac OS X (10.6.2), some information
  • Adriaan Renting Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 9, 2010 5:10 AM (in response to Adriaan Renting)
    This only worked for about a week, the problem is back now. The defaults for opening files like XML or TXT have all reverted back to Xcode tools, even while I haven't used it over the last week, and again when do Get Info on for example a XML file and I change the application to open it with, and then click on "Change All", it immediately reverts back to the Xcode defaults.

    This is very annoying.

    I'm going to try the lsregister solution again, but if it means I need to do that every week, I'll get mighty annoyed.
    MacBook Pro/iPod/iPhone 3Gs, Mac OS X (10.6.2), some information
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