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How to Change Default Application in OS X

Posted October 10, 2007 at 4:17pm by iClarified
To change the default application associated with a specific file type follow these steps.

Step One
Open Finder and select a file of the type to have its default application changed.
How to Change Default Application in OS X

Step Two
Press Command+I on the keyboard to open the Get Info window.
How to Change Default Application in OS X


Step Three
Under the "Open With" section select the application you’d like to use from the dropdown.
How to Change Default Application in OS X

If the application is not listed then select Other from the dropdown. A window will appear asking you to select the application.
How to Change Default Application in OS X

Pick the application and check the box entitled "Always Open With" if you would like to do so.
How to Change Default Application in OS X

Then click Add.

Step Four
Under the "Open With" section there is a button called Change All. If you would like to use the selected application to open all files of the current type click the button.

A popup will appear asking "Are you sure you want to change all similar documents to open with...". Click Continue to approve the change.
How to Change Default Application in OS X

Step Five
Press Command-w on the keyboard to close the Info window. Notice that the file you selected is now set to open with the new application!
How to Change Default Application in OS X
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