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How do I set which applications I want to be the default?

Asked by Evan (805points) July 30th, 2007

specifically, i'd rather have PDFs open up in Reader, as opposed to Acrobat.. cause acrobat takes forever to load, and is useless overkill with a crappy UI.. but i can't seem to find anything in Acrobat that does it.. nor in the sys prefs that generally sets which applications are default for which types of file extensions..

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Evan's avatar

sry.. wish i could edit titles. :) but this is on a Mac, as the "topics" might indicate.

ben's avatar

In the Finder, click Apple-I (Get Info) after selecting any PDF file. From there you select Open With and click "Change All". It's one of the rare poor UI choices in OS X.

glial's avatar

Right click or control click and on the open with...toggle it with the option to always open with.

Evan's avatar

thnx guys! perfect!

loupus's avatar

Did you mean "Preview" or is "Reader" another PDF viewing app?

Evan's avatar

"Reader" as in "Adobe Reader" -- the standard PDF .app from adobe (creaters of PDF) - Acrobat, on the other hand, is for both reading and writing PDFs.. but these days there are a lot of other ways to write PDFs and acrobat is just a pain..

loupus's avatar

Gotcha...agreed Acrobat is a resource hog. I use Preview for all my PDF viewing and Acrobat for editing only. I've found Preview to be much faster and more lightweight than even Acrobat Reader.

Evan's avatar

ya.. i just don't really like the way preview is set up.. and the controls are a bit archaic.

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