Friday, July 18, 2014

Clean Up Mac OS X Mavericks "Open With" Menu

After upgrading my OS X a few times on my MacBook Pro and because I had Parallels and Windows installed, I had a lot of extra options when right-clicking and going to "Open With >" Some of these don't exist anymore (the Windows apps in particular) and some were duplicates of different versions of apps like TextWrangler. I wanted to clean this up. So I found the way to do it on another blog post. I am summarizing it here for my own convenience:

First, open a Terminal window.

Then, paste the following command, changing "[user]" to your user name on the Mac:
/System/Library/Frameworks/CoreServices.framework/Versions/A/Frameworks/LaunchServices.framework/Versions/A/Support/lsregister -kill -r -domain local -domain system -domain [user]

If it executes with no errors, then relaunch the Finder. You should have a much cleaner "Open With >" menu.

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