How can I set default applications for opening certain file types?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by AVR2, Jul 18, 2007.

  1. AVR2 macrumors 6502

    Jan 16, 2006
    I want to be able to force *all* image files to open in Preview, regardless of which application originally created them. I also want to be able to force all XviD and DivX files to open in VLC rather than QT.

    Can I do this?
  2. emw macrumors G4


    Aug 2, 2004
    Sure you can do it. Do a "Get Info" on the file type you want to open with a specific application, go to the Section titled "Open With" and select an application. Then click "Change All..."
  3. AVR2 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 16, 2006
  4. Halcyon macrumors 6502

    Sep 21, 2006
    How did I miss that???? :)

    Since updating Parallels to the latest version, it took over all my .doc files and instead of opening with Word (as usual) it would boot Parallels so that Wordpad (or something like that from Windows) would open them instead.

    Problem fixed, thanks.
  5. memo90061 macrumors regular

    Jan 2, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    hmm thanks! i dont know how i missed that either. :|
  6. illegallydead macrumors 6502a


    Oct 22, 2007
    Ya, this is one of the things I miss from windows: the ability to more easily set the program that opened each file type from a more central Control Panel type area. Oh well. This works.

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