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How to change which app opens a file in macOS Mojave

There are default apps that open certain types of files in macOS Mojave. However, you can change this. To open a file once with a specific app, do one of the following:

  • Drag the file onto the app icon in the Finder or the Dock.

  • Select the file in the Finder, choose File > Open With, then choose an app.

  • Control-click the file, choose Open With, then choose an app.

  • Open the app, then choose File > Open.



  • To permanently change the app used to open a file

  • In the Finder, select the file, then choose File > Get Info.
    You can also Control-click the file, then choose Get Info.

  • In the Info window, click the disclosure triangle next to “Open with.”

  • Click the pop-up menu, then choose the app.

  • To open all files of this type with this app, click Change All.

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.