Do you often work with images and want to edit them not through Preview, but, for example, in Pixelmator? Yes, you can right-click each time and select “Open in program“, But … In the instructions below we will tell you how to get full control over the options for selecting the” default “program.
I must say that Finder is very flexible in this respect. There are several ways to “order” him to open a file in another application.
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How to tell only a selected file to open in a specific application (this will not affect all other files of this format)
The first method will allow you to open one (and only one) file in the program you are interested in. All other files will open in the same way as usual.
1… Click on the desired file with the right mouse button.
2… Press and hold the key ⌥Alt (Option) on keyboard. You will see that the inscription Open in app will change to Always open in app…
3. Click on Always open in app and select the program in which you want to open this file.
Now the selected file will always open in the program you just specified – even though it (the program) is not the default application for these types of files.
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How to change the default app to open files of a specific format in macOS
The second method will allow you to change the “default” program – for example, to carry out the scenario described above, i.e. replace for jpeg images View on Pixelmator.
1. Right click on the file.
2. Select Open in appand then select Other ..…
3. A drop-down list will appear “Enable”which is set by default to Recommended Applications… If the application you want is grayed out, select “All programs” in this field. Then select your application and click Open…
4. Check the box Enable for Always open in app…
5. Click Open…
Note… If you don’t see the field “Enable or Always Open With”, press the button “Parameters” in the lower left corner and they will be displayed.
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How to change the default application to open files on macOS through the File Properties menu
1… Click on the file with the right mouse button.
2… Please select Properties…
3… Click on small triangle next to the inscription Open in app… From the drop-down menu, select a new program that will open all files of this type by default. Here you can also return the old application to its place.
4… Click the button Tune… to bring up the menu for saving changes.
five… Save changes by pressing the button Proceed…
Done! If you often open a file with a non-default program, use the instructions above – and save yourself not only time, but also nerves.