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  • m0thr4 Level 1 Level 1 (100 points)
    I have tried this (to have all CSV files open under OpenOffice), but as soon as I've pressed "Continue" after the pop-up warning, it reverts back to Microsoft Excel in the Info window.
  • dirtchem Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Just for the record, I'm having the same problem with Excel files. I would like to use Excel 2004 as my default for all .xls files, but it will not make the change. I tried all the fixes mentioned above and none of them worked for even one try.
  • Kalen H. Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    We have the same problem in Snow Leopard - every .jpg file opens in Preview although we want them to open in Photoshop.

    Any additional help?
  • djironside Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Got the exact same fault in Snow Lepoard. We have Quark files that have no file extensions on them, but they have been stored this way for many moons and work fine both on the designers macs and the in house one (running older versions of mac os). The new mac associates the files with terminal and will not change the default setting to quark for all files.

    Just get the following error:

    An error occurred while changing the application that opens “FILENAME” because not enough information is available.

    Do you want to open “FILENAME” with “Terminal”?

    Now the obvious answer is no i don't want to open it with flaming terminal, i've just told you ten times to open it with quark, but yet again you jump back to terminal like a defiant five year old.

    I've tried all the things suggested here as well as a few apps to try and make it change but still no joy.

    Maybe the answer is to roll the OS back to an earlier version that ACTUALLY WORKS
  • lahrensbrown Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    We are having the same issue with Quark/ Terminal. Have you found a solution?
  • anselmo Stiffan Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have the same problem with .bas files. They can be opened with a Mac program and a Windows XP program running under Parallels. There is no way to change all to the Mac program; opening the file it launches Parallels and Windows XP.
    The problem does not exist with other type of files.
  • jimlad Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)
    The Terminal code didn't work (was it for 10.5/10.6 only?) I'm on 10.4.11 and received a 'no such file or directory' response. I'm having the same problem with photoshop CS3 which is on an external backup, I want to change the default app to CS2. It works if I remove the backup drive but then reverts back again when I plug it back in. Anyone else have any thoughts?
  • siamless Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Worked for me fine - thanks!
  • Jeffery Nunes Level 1 Level 1 (90 points)
    thanks! this worked for me...

    1- in ~/Library/Preferences, i deleted both

    2- ran the command you posted in terminal.

    3- logged out then back in.

    my icons and default program for .pdf changed from acrobat back to preview, which is my preferred application... in my case, for some reason all pdf files where being opened in acrobat since i transferred my files to my new macPro last summer. the same files on my MBPro don't do this.

    i'd tried to reset launch services, but it didn't help. in my case, the .plist was regenerated, but the quarantineEvents still had the creation date from last summer... so running the programs or running the script in terminal was not clearing quarantineEvents file. hopefully, this will fix will be permanent.

    i don't like the "finder -> get info -> change default app" option because it changes the modification dates on ALL affected files. i sync certain directories between multiple macs and this make the syncing program recopy all the files. also, i use the modification dates when searching for files to know what version i'm looking at or to find a particular version in spotlight. when all files have the same modification date, searching become useless and i can never tell what file was the last version from a certain period. in my case of 24 years of macs, i have files from all the different decades, and i sometimes am looking for something from the 1980's or 1990s...

    anyway, thanks for the clues about how to fix this-
  • kwendt Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I am having the same issue not being able to change the default app to open .gpx files.
  • pinchvalve Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    I tried all of the solutions here and nothing worked for me to open image files with Photoshop instead of Preview, but I found a utility program that installs into the System Preferences that solved the problem beautifully.


    It is free at and allows you to set a preference for everything on your Mac, like I used to on my PC. I recommend it, but I am no expert and make no claims if it will work for you.
  • JamesPrest0n Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    THIS *****!!  I have tried most things!  I am running 10.8.2 and I don't even HAVE a file!!  Terminal files doesn't work either!  DO APPLE EVEN READ THESE???  WHAT THE HECK!!!???

  • JamesPrest0n Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    You're not allowed to say s u c k s on this community board?  My word.

  • noondaywitch Level 6 Level 6 (8,130 points)

    JamesPrest0n wrote:




    The forums are user-to-user.


  • Marco2610 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)


    Any update on how to proceed with 10.8.x ?


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