Strange duplicate choice in "open with" menu

Discussion in 'macOS' started by drj434343, Jul 30, 2006.

  1. drj434343 macrumors member


    Jan 11, 2006
    Portland, OR
    I've had this issue with OS X for as long as I can remember. It seems to span reformats and installations (i.e., I've seen it on multiple installs). If there's a file I want to open, I'll right click and bring up the options menu, then choose the "open with" option. It gives you the list of recommended programs you can open the file with. The odd thing is that I've always had duplicates of Safari, Quicktime, Preview, and a few others on this list. There will be literally two Safari icons, both of which work find to open the file. Same goes for all other duplicates. Does anyone have an explanation for this?
  2. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    You can fix this by rebuilding your LaunchServices database. Open Terminal and type the following:

    /System/Library/Frameworks/ApplicationServices.framework/\Frameworks/LaunchServices.framework/Support/lsregister \ -kill -r -domain local -domain system -domain user

    (Type it all on one line with no line breaks, then hit Return...give it a few seconds, and you should be all set!)

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