OS X: How to Open File with Application that is not the Default

   Posted February 6, 2007 by David Kirk in Apple Mac

Each type of file or document is opened by a default program within your apple system. Sometimes, however, you want to open the file with something other than the default application. Here is how you do it.

Your buddy sends you a document that defaults to Microsoft Word but you really want to open it in Pages. How do you do it? Here are the several different ways to do it.

The most simple way is to first run the application that you want to open your file. Then you can open the file by the following:

1. Click File Menu
2. Click Open File
3. Navigate to the file youwant to open and select it
4. Click Open button

You can drag the file you wish to open onto the appropriate application icon on the Dock or in Finder.

You can also press and hold ctrl while clicking on the file you wish to open. From the menu that appears, select Open With and select the application with which you want to open the document.

Opening a document with a Non-Default Program


About David Kirk

David Kirk is one of the original founders of tech-recipes and is currently serving as editor-in-chief. Not only has he been crafting tutorials for over ten years, but in his other life he also enjoys taking care of critically ill patients as an ICU physician.
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