How To Set the Default App For Opening Files On a Mac

Simply opening a file will launch the default app for that file. But you can indicate that you wish to open a different app in several ways. You can also set the default app for that file or for all files of the same type.

Comments: 4 Responses to “How To Set the Default App For Opening Files On a Mac”

    Milo
    3 years ago

    Have you had problems with doing this on Big Sur? I have an M1 Air and the change doesnā€™t seem to take. So far have noticed it with MP3 and Zip apps.

    3 years ago

    Milo: I am using Big Sur in this video.

    James Coons
    2 years ago

    I get an error message when attempting to do this on Big Sur. It seems to be broken

    2 years ago

    James: What's the error message? What type of file are you trying it on, and which app are you setting it to?

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