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Old May 31, 2007, 12:41 AM   #1
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How to make application your default?

How do I set a specific application as my default? For example whenever I open a PDF I would like preview to open rather than adobe. I am familiar with ctrl clicking the file and then hitting option so that it becomes open always, but that is after the fact and I would rather not have to do it every time. So if you know how to set the application as the default I sure would appreciate your advice.
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Old May 31, 2007, 12:47 AM   #2
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Isn't the way Adobe Acrobat sets itself to be the default reader of PDF files the most infuriating thing in the world? Why would anybody want to open all their PDF files and wait for this big huge app to launch?

This is why I don't install it. I do not have the answer, but I'd be interested in finding out.
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Old May 31, 2007, 12:50 AM   #3
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Get Info> Open with: (select app from drop down menu)> click "Change All..."

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Old May 31, 2007, 12:51 AM   #4
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Select any pdf file, get info (cmd+i), and under "open with:" choose Preview.app, and then hit "Change All..."
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Hmm... in all these years I had no idea how to do that.

EDIT: Actually, that didn't work. I did that to a JPEG file (I'd rather view them in Preview) but a lot of my other jpg files still are set to Photoshop.

EDIT #2: I lied. Some still have the Photoshop CS3 icon, but they still open in Preview. I guess that's why I always thought that never worked.
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Old May 31, 2007, 12:57 AM   #6
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Hmm... in all these years I had no idea how to do that.

EDIT: Actually, that didn't work. I did that to a JPEG file (I'd rather view them in Preview) but a lot of my other jpg files still are set to Photoshop.

EDIT #2: I lied. Some still have the Photoshop CS3 icon, but they still open in Preview. I guess that's why I always thought that never worked.
Actually, after your first edit, I tried the method I (and devilot) mentioned above and it did not work. It changed the icon and default app for one file, but all of my other pdf files still open with Adobe Reader.

...Perhaps someone else could try.
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Old May 31, 2007, 01:05 AM   #7
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yeah that's exactally what I wrote above as being the problem. I am mad because I once knew how to do this, but I can't recall now. I think the way to do it takes place in finder in applications and not the specific document, but that's all I can remember now.
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Old May 31, 2007, 01:30 AM   #8
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Figured it out!

It is always nice when you answer your own questions haha. So here is what to do:

Go to the Finder then select the file, in my example a PDF file, and click on and open Get Info. When the info box opens you will see the application that is currently the default listed under Open With. Use the drop down box where the current default is displayed and select the application you would prefer to be the default application. Below the drop down check the box "Use this application to open all documents like this" then when prompted select Change All.
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Old May 31, 2007, 01:32 AM   #9
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Isn't that what devilot said?
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Old May 31, 2007, 01:33 AM   #10
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It is always nice when you answer your own questions haha. So here is what to do:

Go to the Finder then select the file, in my example a PDF file, and click on and open Get Info. When the info box opens you will see the application that is currently the default listed under Open With. Use the drop down box where the current default is displayed and select the application you would prefer to be the default application. Below the drop down check the box "Use this application to open all documents like this" then when prompted select Change All.
How is that different than the method devilot and I said?
...but did it at least work for you?

EDIT: Darn, one minute late (twice!)
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Old May 31, 2007, 01:35 AM   #11
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EDIT: Darn, one minute late (twice!)

Again... Haha, don't worry. It's not always good to be the quickest.
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Again... Haha, don't worry. It's not always good to be the quickest.
Some people say I'm a little quick. Sometimes, a little too quick.
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Old May 31, 2007, 10:42 PM   #13
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haha yeah it is similar. I didn't realize it until now or missed it. but mine is much more verbose hahaha thanks everyone this was useful, something i often don't say when walking away form a macrumors post.
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Old Jun 1, 2007, 02:08 AM   #14
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that doesnt work for me. i have alot of .cwk files (made in appleworks) and id like them to all open in word on default. when i try that method it just changes the one file even if i do change all
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