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Remove extra 'Open With' options on image files Apps
If you have Photoshop installed, then you might have noticed about 15 different items in the Open With... menu when you use this on an image. To get rid of these extra items go to /Applications/Adobe Photoshop 7.0/Presets and delete the directory "Presets".

NOTE: This will permanently remove these droplets and they will be gone until you reinstall Photoshop

This slims the Open With... menu down a ton, and gives you a huge speed boost when trying to use it.
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Authored by: frogmella on Feb 07, '03 11:04:20AM

Well, that's weird: I don't have a Presets directory in /Applications/Adobe Photoshop 7.0/Presets, so instead I deleted the Droplets directory in /Applications/Adobe Photoshop 7.0/Samples, which had the required effect.

(In fact, I just made a Stuffit archive of this folder, which gives the same results, but allows you to reinstall them later.)

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bad idea
Authored by: beedee on Feb 07, '03 11:55:14AM

umm... i too do not have a Presets folder under "/Applications/Adobe Photoshop 7.0/Presets"

I certainly hope that this hint is not suggesting that people delete "/Applications/Adobe Photoshop 7.0/Presets" as there are a lot of things in there that you will sorely miss, such as brushes, templates, color palettes, actions, and much MUCH more.

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Rename It
Authored by: cedmond on Feb 07, '03 12:29:47PM

I would think it would be easier (and easier to undo) to just move or rename the folder instead of deleting it. Or even move the options that you don't want out of the folder (I'm not sure what the options are, I don't have PS 7, yet).

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Really bad hint
Authored by: Cantus on Feb 07, '03 03:50:29PM

I really don't know what the presets folder is for, but if it's there it is for a reason.

A much better way to solve this issue would be to tell Apple to add a System Preference panel to manage the items that appear under the "Open With" contextual menu, so you could delete items from the list.

Zingg! already did this before Apple added the "Open With" contextual menu to OS X.

Zingg! can be found at

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you can use Zingg! instead
Authored by: mclbruce on Feb 07, '03 07:31:21PM

Before Apple added "Open With" to the contextual menu I was using Zingg! It does the same thing, and more.

The latest version let's you specify what apps show up in the Zingg! contextual menu list and what apps don't. Tell Zingg! not to show the Phtoshop applets and you are all set. In my contextual menu I scroll right by Apple's "Open With" menu and use Zingg!'s. There is a slight hesitation when I open the contextual menu, but it's not a problem for me.

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Authored by: Mr. X on Feb 08, '03 11:35:33AM

This folder should definitely not be deleted: /Applications/Adobe Photoshop 7/Presets. I don't know what other folder the author could be talking about... I'd think, the one that is probably responsible for all those extra choices is: /Applications/Adobe Photoshop 7/Samples/Droplets. But then again, I don't think deleting it would be such a good idea... This hint is sketchy at best...

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FruitMenu too
Authored by: echo on Feb 09, '03 06:16:09AM

Unsanity's FruitMenu also provides for an additional customizable "open with" contextual menu.

BTW, if anyone has a clue how I very recently lost the system "Open With" contextual menu, please let me know.

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Authored by: echo on Feb 10, '03 04:25:12AM

I compressed the folder: /Applications/Adobe Photoshop 7/Samples/Droplets and got rid of those items in the Open With contextual menu. Just moving the folder from that location, did not stop the contextual menu from finding them. I don\'t use these droplets, but they\'re there if I need them.

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losing System option
Authored by: theRegent on Feb 10, '03 05:46:28PM

I don't know how you would have lost the System's "Open with..." CM command, but I'd like to know. I, too, have kept Zingg around and always skip right over the build in command.

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losing System option
Authored by: echo on Feb 10, '03 11:58:37PM

It's back on re-login, but had not reappeared on previous attempts. A mystery.

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Remove extra 'Open With' options on image files
Authored by: axis on Nov 20, '06 03:43:30AM

Just in case anyone is wondering - to achieve this in CS1 (and CS2 I assume), you can simply rename the "droplet" folders. They are found here:

/Applications/Adobe Photoshop CS/Samples/Droplets/ImageReady Droplets/
/Applications/Adobe Photoshop CS/Samples/Droplets/Photoshop Droplets/

I just renamed mine to have _bak in the folder name and it works fine. You're not removing or disabling anything, and can easily obtain these back if you like.

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Remove extra 'Open With' options on image files
Authored by: relaxedguy on Mar 29, '07 04:59:29PM

The rename Droplet folder for CS 1 and 2 worked wonders. Smaller Open With... menu which loads faster, Photoshop opened and loaded a large image for editing in 7 seconds as opposed to up to 25 previously, positively snappy.


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