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Changing application/file associations System
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I would love to be able to configure which application is launched to open documents of various types (html, .gz, etc). Is this possible?
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Authored by: robg on Feb 15, '01 12:46:20AM

I thought this was possible using the inspector window - click on a file "foo.html," and hit cmd-I to open the inspector. Next to "Show:", pull the drop-down to Application. Click on "The generic application for documents of this type," and then hit the "Change Application" button. You should be able to list a new app for ".html" documents.

With all that said, I seem to remember reading somewhere that this behavior was broken in the PB. You can set it, but it doesn't seem to pay any attention to it. This may be incorrect, though, as I haven't tried it myself yet.


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Authored by: _merlin on Feb 15, '01 05:18:38AM

The method robg describes works for files on UFS volumes. It works most of the time on HFS volumes, but not quite always. The icons may not be displayed correctly until you log out and log back in (they might still display incorrectly then), but this is purely cosmetic. The correct application will be launched to open the document.

The icons for certain kinds of files will never be displayed correctly. The most significant of this would probably be C header file. Although they open in the correct application, the icon is always the same as html documents.

Vasantha Crabb

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changing file associations
Authored by: jcltech on Mar 05, '02 11:41:42AM
Easy in OSX 10.1.3

Just open 1 of the file type that you wish to change and get info on that file. Pull down the "Open With Application" menu and choose an app. Then hit the button below and wah-la!

Note: the icon won't change immediately, but the new app will be used regardless.

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