How to Change the Default Application for a File Type in MacOS

How to Change the Default Application for a File Type in MacOS

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These are instructions on how to set the default application that is used to open a file type in macOS.

Step One
Locate a file of the type you'd like to change the default application for in Finder. Select the file and press Command+I on the keyboard or right click (hold down Control and click) and select Get Info from the contextual menu that appears.
How to Change the Default Application for a File Type in MacOS

How to Change the Default Application for a File Type in MacOS

Step Two
Expand the Open With section in the Info window.

How to Change the Default Application for a File Type in MacOS

Step Three
Click the dropdown to select from a list of suggested applications. If the application you'd like to use is not listed choose Other.

How to Change the Default Application for a File Type in MacOS

Step Four
Change the Enable dropdown box to All Applications and select your application of choice.

How to Change the Default Application for a File Type in MacOS

Step Five
Check the Always Open With box then click the Add button.

How to Change the Default Application for a File Type in MacOS

Six
Click the Change All... button to use the selected application to open all files of this format.

How to Change the Default Application for a File Type in MacOS

Step Seven
Click Continue to confirm the change.

How to Change the Default Application for a File Type in MacOS

Step Eight
All files of the format you selected will now default to opening with the application you've set.

How to Change the Default Application for a File Type in MacOS
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