How do I change the default app systemwide in OS X
January 12, 2004 3:55 AM   Subscribe

Does anyone know how to change the default app systemwide on OS X? I just installed GoLive CS and it's reassigned all .ram files to itself. It's unbelievably annoying and I can't figure out how to change it back.
posted by derbs to Computers & Internet (6 answers total)
Yes - find a .ram file, click on it, then select Apple+I to 'get info' about the file.

Under 'open with', select the RealPlayer or whatever app you want to open the file. Then press the 'Change All' button to ensure all .ram files are opened by this new app.
posted by skylar at 4:07 AM on January 12, 2004

Select a .ram file. Use cmd-i to pull up "Get Info." Click on "Open with." Select the application you want to open .ram files. Click on the "Change all" button. That should do it.
posted by anathema at 4:08 AM on January 12, 2004

Response by poster: That's got it. Thanks a lot! The files still have the GoLive icon though!? At least they open in realplayer now...
posted by derbs at 4:31 AM on January 12, 2004

The bext time you log out and log back in, the icons should be reset. They may also reset if you close the window with the .ram files and reopen it.
posted by warhol at 5:18 AM on January 12, 2004

Lately (I guess under 10.3.2) resetting file associations seems only to affect files that were on volumes mounted when the change took place. So, for example, all .pdf files on my boot drive are opening with Preview, but .pdf files on disk images insist on opening with Acrobat. Feh.
posted by stonerose at 6:17 PM on January 12, 2004

Still, tho, it's gonna save me a lot of stupid aborted Classic mode start ups. Thank you, skyar!
posted by DenOfSizer at 8:49 AM on January 13, 2004

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