13 Replies Latest reply: May 14, 2010 4:36 AM by SteelQuill
Jeffrey Arsenault Level 1 (5 points)
I downloaded some other player and it became the default, but I want to make QuickTime the default player again. I just can't figure out how to do it.

macbook, Mac OS X (10.6.1)
  • Limnos Level 8 (47,396 points)
    [Mac OS X: Double-Clicking a File Opens the Wrong Application|http://support.apple.com/kb/TS2291?viewlocale=en_US]

    *Changing the application used to open all files of a certain kind*

    1) In a Finder window highlight a file of the kind you want to change the application to open that kind of file.

    2) While that file is highlighted, select File > Get Info or press command (apple or propeller icon) + i to get a file information window.

    3) In the lower part of the info window there is an "open with" menu with a list of applications.

    4) If your application is already in the box then it is the default application for opening that kind of file and you don't need to do anything more. Close the get info window.

    5) If the application showing in the menu is not the one with which you wish to open the file then select a new application. If your application does not appear there then select the "other..." and track down the application (usually in the Applications folder at the main level of the computer).

    6) If you wish to change all files of this type to open with this application in future, make sure the "change all" button is selected.

    7) Close the get info window.
  • Jeffrey Arsenault Level 1 (5 points)
    That doesn't work. QUICKTIME is already in the window where it says "open with." Unfortunately, WMV is also in that window, and it is selected as the default. But I don't HAVE wmv on my MAC. I can't seem to get rid of it so Quicktime will become the default again.
  • Limnos Level 8 (47,396 points)
    If it says it will open with Quicktime and the icon on the file is Quicktime then Quicktime will open. The issue may then be can Quicktime open it, to which the answer is usually, "No." However, if you install Flip4Mac it will (you didn't say anything about these being WMV files which are a Microsoft proprietary format).

    [Free Flip4mac QuickTime player components|http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/player/wmcomponents.ms px]

    After installation a new Flip4Mac pane will appear in System Preferences. Make sure you set the boxes to ensure that it will play WMV files in Quicktime.
  • Jeffrey Arsenault Level 1 (5 points)
    yes, Quicktime can oven these files
    but I have to go through the BS of going to OPEN WITH then selecting QUICKTIME because:


    and I can't make it my default player. This MACBOOK has been nothing but a lemon ever since I purchased it in December. my FIVE YEAR OLD iBook G4 works better than this turkey!!!!!!
  • WH Level 1 (5 points)
    did you checkmark "open every time with this app" ?

    (I yet dont know the english localization)
  • Limnos Level 8 (47,396 points)
    Did you:

    6) If you wish to change all files of this type to open with this application in future, make sure the "change all" button is selected.


    That's the key step to making sure Quicktime opens a certain file type in all future occurrences.
  • WH Level 1 (5 points)
    no I did'nt

    btw. what is the default player in your case?
    do you really need that player?
    if not really, thrash it and install "Perian" instead.
    for wmv install "Flip4Mac", as Limnos mentioned.

    with this two components you cover most important codecs.
  • Limnos Level 8 (47,396 points)
    The other thing that occurs to me is what is the step-by-step procedure that is taking place? Are you double clicking on a file on the desktop, or is this some application that is opening up automatically when you download a file through a browser. If with a browser, which one?
  • Jeffrey Arsenault Level 1 (5 points)
    this is what happens: every time I click on a video, an error message saying "QuickTime Player must be installed to run this application." Well of course QuickTime player is installed (and open) it came with my MacBook! Then if I go to FINDER > OPEN WITH, I find the WMV is listed as my 'default player' even though I never installed WMV (but i DID install FLIP4MAC). All I want to do is make QuickTime my default player, and it is not happening. Help!
  • Baby Boomer (USofA) Level 9 (57,297 points)
    Have you done the following?

    Highlight the music file>File>Get Info>

    In the Get Info window, scroll down to "Open with:"

    Select the player you want to open the music file.

    Click the "Change All..." button if you want to "Use this application to open all documents like this.”


    "This MACBOOK has been nothing but a lemon ever since I purchased it in December."

    Well, you had 14 days from the date of purchase to return and/or exchange the MB.
    Since you are still under warranty, have you contacted Apple about your problems? If not, why not?

  • Limnos Level 8 (47,396 points)
    Have you done the following?

    Which, by the way, was what I instructed as the first response in this topic almost two days ago, but I haven't seen a definitive yes or no to if it was done.
  • WH Level 1 (5 points)
    In the application folder, there is the flip4mac folder.
    Can you make an archive of this folder and trash the original flip4mac folder.

    (There is an wmv application in it, but its only a starter app for Quicktime.
    The codecs will still remain in their places)

    On the other hand. You could run the ONYX maintenance application.
    There is a point called "repair app bindings" or something like that.
    (sorry, I am not on my mac this time)

    It would help, when you give more datailed informations, maybe the exact name of
    the WMV app. I imagine is could be the flip4mac player/starter.
  • SteelQuill Level 1 (0 points)
    Why don't you just uninstall the programme that created the problem? Then set Quick Time as default programme as mentioned above?