Changing Default App to open specific fille type

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  1. ChickenSwartz macrumors 6502a

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    How do you change the default application that opens a specific file type?

    For example, I want to open .doc files with OpenOffice instead of TextEdit.

    Thanks.
     
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Select a DOC file, press COMMAND-I, change the Open With app in the drop down list to OpenOffice or whatever and click Change All. :)
     
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  4. fivetoadsloth macrumors 65816

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    or.. right click get info under open with change it and than select chane all so that every .doc opens in text edit.
     
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  6. the Western zoo macrumors 6502

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    but know that if you fx choose that one app should open all files of one type and then edit og make a file of that format in another app then the second (non-standard) app will open that file! ...or at least until you do a change for all files again...
     
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  8. the Western zoo macrumors 6502

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    hehe... I've never been that good at explaining my self or writing in english... :)

    what I mean is if fx. you are working with pictures and does the "change all"-thing but then open a pic in another app and makes some changes and saves them - then the next time you open that pic it will open in the app you used to edit it last...!

    hope it's understandable this time around... :)
     
  9. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Not to worry mate, I was just struggling with fx, but it means for example, right? :)

    Most apps should ask you before changing the opening preference of a file type. Of course, if you open a JPG in Photoshop, edit it, and then save it as a PSD file, it'll open in Photoshop next time you double click on it. This is because the file type has changed though and PSD was most likely always associated with Photoshop.
     
  10. the Western zoo macrumors 6502

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    yeah thought that was like an international abbreviation... :D

    I've opened the same jpg in fireworks and then in photoshop and saved my editing in both apps and next time I doubble clicked the file (after the editing) it opened in the app that last saved the file... :)
     
  11. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Haha, don't mind me. I'm just a it slow. :D

    Was it converted to a specialised format after you saved it? :)
     
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  13. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Ahh, okay, that's a bit strange. I can't replicate this but I don't have Fireworks. Thanks for the info. :)
     

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