Change File Associations in Mac OS X
It really drives me nuts when files can be of the same kind but different type open different apps, I want to open all my images in Preview and all my video files in VLC. You can make Mac OS X open every file of a certain format type with a certain application by changing the file association from the Finder. Here’s how to change the file type association in Mac OS X so that you can set file kinds to open all in one application.
Note this will impact all of a certain file format type, meaning changing this for one PDF will impact all PDF’s, and so on.
- Find the file type(s) that you want to change the application to open with
- Get Info about a file that is of that file type, say a .mov
- Click the ‘Open With’ arrow to expand an application list
- Choose the application you want all files of this type to open with (in this example we’ll use VLC to open all .mov files)
- Click “Change All” and then “Continue” when the confirmation dialog appears
Now all of the files of that type will open in the application you specified. You can do this with any file type to keep things consistent.
I find this particularly useful after you have installed a new app that tries to take control over certain related file types, for example Adobe Acrobat Reader will hijack PDF’s from Preview and FlipForMac will do the same with WMV’s when I want to use VLC for all my video needs. There’s countless reasons to change file associations and the apps that are launched with them, so now you know how!