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Change Default Application For "All" Isn't Permanent

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Mr Bluez Calculating status...
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Mar 20, 2013 5:29 PM

Hi,

 

I attempted to search for this problem in the forums but don't have time to drill down and that's why we are all here anyway (i.e. to help each other) so here goes.  When I change the default application by clicking "open with" and then specify Adobe Reader and then click the "change all" button, PDF's will open with Adobe Reader until I reboot.  Then I have to repeat the entire process. 

 

What am I missing?  I have done this like 30 times & can't find any documentation that describes the issue.  I Googled the issue but didn't get any hits so I'm not sure if it's a known glitch or if I'm just being a blonde.

 

Thanks

PowerMac, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,715 points)

    Hi,

     

    Safe Boot from the HD, (holding Shift key down at bootup), run Disk Utility in Applications>Utilities, then highlight your drive, click on Repair Permissions...

     

    Reset Launch Services...

     

    http://www.thexlab.com/faqs/resetlaunchservices.html#Anchor-Reset-47857

     

    Reboot.

     

    PS. Safe boot may stay on the gray radian for a long time, let it go, it's trying to repair the Hard Drive.

     

    Try your steps one more time if needed.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,715 points)

    Permission Repairs can be done without rebooting, but 95% chance the others should be done first.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,715 points)

    Hmmm, so they're still opening with Preview, or what?

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,715 points)

    Well, as a workaround you can keep Reader in the Dock & drag PDFs to it icon, or Right click on a PDF & choose Open with...>

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,715 points)
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    Mar 22, 2013 10:42 PM (in response to Mr Bluez)

    I'll have a look again tomorrow whenI'm on my PPC G5 IN 10.5.8.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,715 points)
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    Mar 23, 2013 10:08 AM (in response to Mr Bluez)

    Great news, thanks!

     

    I suspect the file was munged, & wilst not in Safe mode it was either in use, or lost in the directory tree.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,715 points)

    Uhhhg, are these older PDFs maybe with a Resource fork? Or are they new ones from downloading or what?

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