1772 Views 13 Replies Latest reply: Mar 15, 2011 6:15 AM by KOENIG Yvan
I've been having this issue for months, and I'm tired of it. Hopefully, someone can help me out.
When I try to open my Numbers files by clicking on them directly, they open in Preview. When I look at the 'Show Info' section of the files I get this:
This link isn't pointing to a Numbers document but to a png screenshot so, it's normal that it opens in Preview.
Yvan KOENIG (VALLAURIS, France) lundi 14 mars 2011 16:26:53
I'm unable to reproduce this behaviour. Even right clicking a Numbers file to get to "Open with..." does not show Preview as one of the choices. When I click Other..., the resulting "Recommended Applications" list has Preview greyed. Changing that "All Applications" makes Preview an available choice But selecting Preview, while it does illuminate the Open button, also shows a warning that "It is not known if this application can open Numbers Document files.
Clicking Open launches Preview, but does not open the document.
That would lead me to believe that Preview is, as the warning indicates, unable to open Numbers document files, and that, despite the .numbers extension, your file is not a Numbers file.
I forgot to mention, they are all numbers files, created in past and present versions of iWork. Also, just as you said, the Numbers files don't actually open in Preview. They just try, and fail. Essentially, I double click on a Numbers file to open it, Preview opens up, and nothing happens.
To recap, my Numbers files do open in Numbers once I go to each file and select to be opened in Numbers. My issue is that Preview is opening them by default, and Mac OS is not letting me switch back to Numbers as the default program for a Numbers file. It does 'say' its the default, but it always goes back to Preview when I select it...
Anything else you can think of?
May you send a sample file to my mailbox ?
No need to try to guess what may be wrong in your system if the problem sits in the documents themselves.
Click my blue name to get my address.
On the other hand, try to open the docs from an other user account.
Yvan KOENIG (VALLAURIS, France) lundi 14 mars 2011 20:53:00
Maybe the LaunchServices plist is messed up. You might try this:
To reset all of your files to open with the original default application, you need to delete a certain file. Go to your user folder, and navigate into the Library folder then into the Preferences folder. Find the com.apple.LaunchServices.plist file, and drag it to the Trash. Alternatively, drag it to the Desktop if you think you might change your mind and want to put it back later.
Over time, you may find that the Open With menu gets cluttered with duplicates, older versions or applications you thought you deleted long ago. To get rid of these, you need to use Terminal. Open up Terminal (from Applications/Utilities) and paste the following line:
/System/Library/Frameworks/ApplicationServices.framework/Frameworks/LaunchServic es.framework/Support/lsregister -kill -r -domain local -domain system -domain user
Press return and your Open With menu should have been cleaned up to only include the most current applications.
I found this tip at
The OP tested the behavior in an other account.
In this one the doc open flawlessly so the problem is in his original user account.
deleting the three launch services database seems to be unneeded. I guess that
/System/Library/Frameworks/ApplicationServices.framework/Frameworks/LaunchServic es.framework/Support/lsregister -kill -r -domain user
would be sufficient
Yvan KOENIG (VALLAURIS, France) mardi 15 mars 2011 10:04:05
The command given by badunit which I shortened is dedicated to an old operating system (maybe Leopard).
For Snow Leopard it must be edited as :
/System/Library/Frameworks/CoreServices.framework/Frameworks/LaunchServices.fram ework/Support/lsregister -kill -r -domain local -domain system -domain user
or to restrict it to the domain user :
/System/Library/Frameworks/CoreServices.framework/Frameworks/LaunchServices.fram ework/Support/lsregister -kill -r -domain user
Yvan KOENIG (VALLAURIS, France) mardi 15 mars 2011 10:24:05