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Colonel_Panik
07-31-2007, 05:30 AM
Is there any way to reduce the choice available in the 'open with' dropdown list? See linked image.

http://xs217.xs.to/xs217/07312/openwith.jpg

patgmac
07-31-2007, 07:31 AM
Is there any way to reduce the choice available in the 'open with' dropdown list? See linked image.

http://xs217.xs.to/xs217/07312/openwith.jpg

All those programs have registered themselves as capable of opening that file type. I see many of those are .exe apps which would tell me you probably have Parallels and the "Share Windows applications to Mac" setting enabled. You could disable that in your VM's config so that Windows apps can't be used to open files on your Mac.

Colonel_Panik
07-31-2007, 09:05 AM
Hi, thanks for the reply. I'm not running any windows stuff just OSX on an emac. I haven't a clue what all those exe's are. I notice that sometimes when downloading a dmg it starts off with an exe file extension but changes to dmg when downloaded.

Even on pdf it gives me choices to open in all sorts of wacky programs where I'd just prefer to have a few that I choose. And often it doubles everything up by listing duplicate programs on my bootable backup drive.

Is there some way I can 'deregister' all these options. Not just the exe ones.

rowdyferret
07-31-2007, 10:38 AM
Yes! There are several cheap or free programs out there (in the $5-15 range) that will do exactly this, and let you do other neat things with your right-click menus as well. I'd recommend you look into FolderGlance here (http://home.online.no/~stoedle/YLS/YLS-products/FolderGlance.html) and also fruit menu here. (http://unsanity.com/haxies/fruitmenu)
And to answer your question, those .exe files are executable on a mac, they're a part of your Adobe creative suite package. They can be VERY handy for tasks you don't want to open a whole program to do (like resizing 50 images and making them gifs). They are powered by Adobe Imageready and can be customized to some extent n that program. So, if you want to turn only these off, you can always de-install that program.
I hope this helped.


...Ame (http://www.rowdyferret.com)

capitalj
07-31-2007, 10:43 AM
I haven't a clue what all those exe's are

If I saw a lot of duplicates, I'd say rebuild your launch sevices database, but what I see in your screenshot are sample droplets in your Adobe application folders, e.g.

Macintosh HD/Users/YourName/Applications/Adobe Creative Suite/Adobe Photoshop/Samples/Aged Photo.exe.

If you don't use them, maybe you could remove them - after zipping a backup that won't show in the "open with" list. I think I saw a suggestion to do that somewhere.

Is there some way I can 'deregister' all these options. Not just the exe ones. Does RCDefault (http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/22977) do that? I haven't really looked into it.

Colonel_Panik
07-31-2007, 09:24 PM
OK thanks to everyone,

I zipped all those droplets, I didn't even know they were there, and trashed the original files and ran the 'rebuild database' terminal command and it all looks a lot better.

I'm avoiding all haxies.