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Archived - Mac OS X: Double-Clicking a File Opens the Wrong Application

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Symptoms

Double-clicking a file, a document for example, does not open the expected application.

Resolution

Mac OS X 10.0

    1. Click the document's icon in the Finder to select it.
    2. Choose Show Info from the File menu.
    3. Choose Application from the Show pop-up menu.
    4. Click "A specific application" to enable that option.
    5. Choose the application you want to use from the pop-up menu.


Mac OS X 10.1

    1. Click the document's icon in the Finder to select it.
    2. Choose Show Info from the File menu.
    3. Choose "Open with application" from the upper pop-up menu in the Info window.
    4. Choose the desired application from the lower pop-up menu in the Info window. You may choose Other to select an application not on the list.
    5. If you wish to open all documents of this type with the selected application, click Change All.


Mac OS X 10.2 or 10.3

To open a document once

    1. Click the document's icon in the Finder to select it.
    2. Choose File > Open With.
    3. Choose the desired application. You may choose Other to select an application not on the list.

To configure documents of this type to open with a certain application


    1. Click the document's icon in the Finder to select it.
    2. Choose File > Get Info.
    3. Click the disclosure triangle next to "Open with:".
    4. Choose the desired application from the "Open with" pop-up menu. You may choose Other to select an application not on the list.
    5. Click Change All.

Additional Information

Article Change History:

2003-12-01 Updated for 10.3.
Last Modified: Jul 11, 2012
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