6 Replies Latest reply: Jan 2, 2013 9:42 AM by PeterinWales
mweishar Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

It shows duplicates of VLC in the open with menu when I go to open a movie file. I am running osx mountain lion 10.8.1. How do I remove duplicates or fix the open with menu?


MacBook Air (11-INCH, MID 2011), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.1)
  • 1. Re: open with menu duplicates. osx 10.8.1
    Björn Herrmann Level 4 Level 4 (2,490 points)

    Run this in Terminal. Afterwards restart the Finder or logout and login again.

     

    /System/Library/Frameworks/CoreServices.framework/Frameworks/LaunchServices.fram ework/Support/lsregister -kill -r -domain local -domain system -domain user

     

    The above is one line and should be copied and pasted as such. Otherwise it won’t work.

  • 2. Re: open with menu duplicates. osx 10.8.1
    SP Forsythe Level 5 Level 5 (5,220 points)

    If you are nervous about using Terminal forcommand  a you may understand,  not I concur with Bjorn. It is a means of resetting the menu.

     

    Resetting the 'Open With' menu will remove duplicates and ghost applications (ones you have deleted) from the list. You reset the 'Open With' menu by rebuilding the Launch Services database your Mac maintains. There are multiple ways to rebuild the Launch Services database, including third-party system utilities like Cocktail and Onxy.

     

    If you don't own a system utility that can rebuild the Launch Services database, don't worry; you can perform the rebuild yourself using the Terminal command set outlined in Bjorn's post..

  • 3. Re: open with menu duplicates. osx 10.8.1
    Hollow-Point Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    This worked for me but there was a space right in the middle of the command so you can't just copy and paste it.

     

    right where it says "LaunchServices.fram ework" you have to delete the space in the word framework then run it. then log out / log back in.

  • 4. Re: open with menu duplicates. osx 10.8.1
    Björn Herrmann Level 4 Level 4 (2,490 points)

    That is correct. A line break was supposedly inserted when I pasted this into  Discussions.

  • 5. Re: open with menu duplicates. osx 10.8.1
    Joelybean Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Worked just lovely.. Thx

  • 6. Re: open with menu duplicates. osx 10.8.1
    PeterinWales Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Worked for me too - I edited command in TextEdit to get rid of line break and then pasted into Terminal.

     

    After over 10 years as a Mac user first time I've used Terminal!  I'm so pleased you posted the command correctly.

     

    Thank you - the duplicate icons were most annoying.

     

    Message was edited by: PeterinWales - spelling