Default Setting for Productivity Suites

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Achiever, May 13, 2008.

  1. Achiever macrumors 6502


    Jan 23, 2008
    I have a question regarding how documents open as a default when a computer has multiple productivity suites on it. Example, my MBP currently has the following installed: iWork '08, Office for Mac 2004, NeoOffice and the recently added OpenOffice Beta (I know, I'm very "productive").

    I have docs created & saved in M$ Office as .doc, .ppt and .xls files that, when I click on them to open, have recently been opening in other formats (primarily OpenOffice). I previously had that problem when trying to open .doc formatted files which were created & saved in M$ Office, but opened in Abiwrite or Bean (both since deleted from my system). The really strange part is, I never (knowingly) established Bean, Abiword or OO as my "default" for opening such documents - heck, I'm not even sure if I can set any of them as such. Also, the opening in a different program does not happen immediately after I install a new program. With Abiword and Bean, it began happening months after I installed them.

    I know in Leopard I can open any file in another format by dragging the file over the icon of the preferred program, but I am simply looking to see how to open a file in the program it was created/saved in from the Finder/desktop simply by clicking on the file. Has anyone had this happen to them? Any ideas?? And please, no commentary on how NeoOffice/OO can do the same job, etc. I have my reasons for trying to keep some of these docs separate and I'm just looking for a fix or solution. Many thanks.
  2. velocityg4 macrumors 601


    Dec 19, 2004
    Choose a sample file of each file type, lets say .doc. Highlight that file and choose get info :apple:+i. Then go to the "open with" tab and select the program you want to use to open that file type with, then tick the "change all" button. Now all of those files of that type, .doc, should open with the program you chose.
  3. Achiever thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jan 23, 2008
    Outstanding! Many thanks!

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