Setting OS X to open a specific file format to a program

Discussion in 'macOS' started by mill2000, Aug 15, 2008.

  1. mill2000 macrumors newbie

    Dec 4, 2007
    I have two video programs: Quicktime and VLC media player. Somehow OS X is set so that it opens all video files on Quicktime and does not let me change it. Now, I TRIED ctrl-click the file-> open with -> other -> check "always open with" method, BUT doing it that way allows me to set only that specific file, not the file format in general.
    So say if i want to open all of my .avi files with VLC media player, how would i set OS X so it does that?
  2. Anorak macrumors regular


    May 29, 2007
    The easiest way I can think of is viewing the info of the file (command-I), and changing the "Open With" program. Then click "Change All...".
  3. prostuff1 macrumors 65816


    Jul 29, 2005
    Don't step into the kawoosh...

    select the file>hit command+I> then "open with"> select the program and hit the change all button.

    Hope that works
  4. Xander562 macrumors 68000


    Apr 2, 2006
    I used a program called Default Apps to do this. It handles pretty much every file ever. It works for me. Are you getting super slow .avi playback on quicktime as well? (My reason for changing)
  5. mill2000 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 4, 2007

    thank you all.
    i really didn't expect the response to be so prompt.
    it worked.

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