The "Open With" menu

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Kimi, Jan 9, 2007.

  1. Kimi macrumors regular

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    Is there anyway I can remove things from the "Open With" right-click menu? Right now I've got about 60 different apps that open image files, so everytime I right click an image file it stalls for a few seconds before I can do anything.

    Looking at the list, a lot of them are .exe files, which is strange as I've got got a Windows version of CS2 on my G5 iMac...
     
  2. dllavaneras macrumors 68000

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    Yeah, I'd love to be able to do that! I have the exact same issue you have. It's a bummer
     
  3. TheAnswer macrumors 68030

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    Do a search, as WildCowboy recently had a post with how to correct this problem. I had post-it with the link, but seem to have misplaced it and am in the middle of cooking dinner.
     
  4. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    You might try rebuilding the launchservices database -- this doesn't let you manually control what goes in the database, but it should get rid of anything that does not legitimately belong there.

    You do it this way:

    Open terminal
    Type:

    locate lsregister <press return>
    Now highlight all of the output and copy and paste it back onto the command line, and add this:

    \ -kill -r -domain local -domain system -domain user

    So that it says

    ...(path here)...lsregister \ -kill -r -domain local -domain system -domain user

    And then press <return>

    This should rebuild the database so that only real legitimate OS X apps are listed as able to open docs of their native kind.
     
  5. dllavaneras macrumors 68000

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    :eek: anything a little more user friendly? For me, the terminal is "the place where protein origami occurs" and nothing else :p
     
  6. pengu macrumors 6502a

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    CS2 has a lot of pre-built "mini apps" that are basically scripts for Photoshop/Illustrator, etc to do bulk manipulations. Even the mac versions of these scripts have the .exe extension..

    As for your general question, i think the "Open With" menu is controlled by the LaunchServices database.. you can "fix" it with a hint from http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20031215144430486
     
  7. TheAnswer macrumors 68030

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    Mrkrishnan...you might know, since the original poster mentioned CS2, should he/she also look at this thread (in which WildCowboy mentions this thread)?
     
  8. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    ROFL ... try seeing if this script works (you should just be able to unzip it and then double click it)

    http://scriptbuilders.net/files/rebuildlaunchservicesdatabase1.0.html

    The thing is that the location of the lsregister tool changed between Panther and Tiger and I don't see what the date of this script is. It'll either work or not work, though... nothing bad will happen.

    EDIT: yes, sorry, what I would recommend is that you rebuild launchservices first. If you still have things you think do not belong, follow the directions to delete the CS2 droplets.
     

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