OS X El Capitan: Choose an app to open a file

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Choose an app to open a file

You can select which app you use to open a file. This is useful if you prefer to use a certain app, or if you don’t have the app that was used to create the file.

Open a file once with a specific app

Do one of the following:

Drag the file onto the app icon in the Finder or the Dock.

Select the document in the Finder, then choose File > Open With.

Control-click the document, then choose Open With.

Open the app, then choose File > Open.

Permanently change the app used to open a document

  1. In the Finder, select the document, then choose File > Get Info.

    You can also Control-click the document, then choose Get Info.

  2. In the Info window, click the disclosure triangle next to “Open with.”

  3. Click the pop-up menu, then choose the app.

    To open all documents of this file type with this app, click Change All.

If you can’t open a file with a specific app, the file may be damaged or may not be recognized by that app. Try opening it with a different app.

Published Date: Sep 19, 2017