Removing some "Open with..." apps?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by macstatic, Oct 9, 2013.

  1. macstatic macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2005
    If I right-click on a file and select "Open with..." I usually get a pretty long list of apps available to open that particular file-type. Problem is that for most files I never use more than a fraction of those apps, so the long list becomes clutter IMHO.

    Is there a way I can remove some of those apps? I've searched for help but all I could find was info on how to remove duplicated apps, which isn't the problem (yes, I've tried that as well).
    I'm on OSX 10.6.8.
  2. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
  3. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    I don't believe there is a way to fix this.
  4. macstatic thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2005
    How about in later OSX versions (I'm holding off till Mavericks comes out anyway)?

    Any idea what decides which apps should be in that list? The apps themselves? I first thought apps were added to the list as I used them to open particular files, but for many apps I haven't even used them yet!
  5. benwiggy macrumors 68020

    Jun 15, 2012
    Every app declares the file types that it can handle, and this info goes into the LaunchServices database. When you click on a JPEG and select "Open With", then OS X offers you every app that can handle JPEGs. The same when you specify what app opens that file (or is the default handler for that file type).

    However, if you find yourself using two or three apps to open the same file types, then there are plenty of other methods to open them than using "Open With".
    You could drag them to the Dock or any other icon of the app; you could create a Service to open them in each of the apps you use. There are almost certainly more ways.
  6. ElectricSheep macrumors 6502


    Feb 18, 2004
    Wilmington, DE

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