How to Get Rid Of Unwanted Options From “Open With” Contextual Menu in Mac

By Shaon, Gaea News Network
Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Mac may be a pinnacle of utility and usability. But even the most veteran Mac lover admits that the open with contextual menu may get be a little too crowded thanks to duplicates doing the rounds. Well that is were we come in.

When you have this sort of problems it generally means that the LaunchServices database is not functioning properly and all you have to do is re-built it. Easier said than done ? well all you need to do is to launch the terminal and entering the following command (On OSX 10.5 or higher)

/System/Library/Frameworks/CoreServices.framework/Frameworks/LaunchServices.framework/Support/lsregister -kill -r -domain local -domain system -domain user

But if you have a more back dated mac try copy pasting this instead

/System/Library/Frameworks/ApplicationServices.framework/\Frameworks/LaunchServices.framework/Support/lsregister \-kill -r -domain local -domain system -domain user

The terminal will then ask you to rebuild the launch services after presenting you with some messages. Choose to ignore it. But you should keep the terminal window open and wait till the process is finished. Everything going right your “Open With” menu should be fixed.


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