Cannot change Default opening program (not seen this particular problem)

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  1. henrybarnett, Apr 21, 2013
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2013

    henrybarnett macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2010

    I'm trying to do this. I have dumped Microsoft Office (Word/Excel etc. as my key became invalid) I have Open Office Org installed and went through the Cmd-I or Get Info route to change the default program. The default program remains Word or Excel, depending on the extension, despite selecting Open Office from the drop down list. The "Open with" program will not change. It flicks to Open Office but then quickly back to Word.

    I have done a restart. I have changed the Word and other Office apps to WordX etc. I have put Office in the trash. But it will not let me change either for a one off or change all. Any ideas.

    None of the other threads have had this issue.

    Thanks in advance.

    Mac Os 10.8.3
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
  3. benwiggy macrumors 68020

    Jun 15, 2012
    What do you mean by this? Merely changing the name of the app won't help.

    If you have trashed Office (and emptied the trash), then it should not be an option.

    However, to resolve any problems of this sort, you may need to rebuild the LaunchServices database. A quick Google search will provide you with the details of how to do this (a Terminal command), or you can use a utility app like Onyx.
  4. cambookpro macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2010
    United Kingdom
    Have you tried duplicating the file? Not sure if that would help, but it may be worth a try.

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