Mac OS X – How to clean up Finder “Open With” menu

Sometimes Open With menu in Finder will keep entries for older version of the applications, so you end up with more than one menu entry for a particular app.
To clean up Open With menu, you need to delete preference file.

Open Finder and go to your Home folder.

Open Library folder (if you can’t see the Library folder, read this article.)

Open Preferences folder.

Find com.apple.LaunchServices.plist file and make a backup copy of it. Delete com.apple.LaunchServices.plist file.

Now Open With menu will have only have entries for the latest app versions.

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One thought on “Mac OS X – How to clean up Finder “Open With” menu

  1. I made an app to do that cleaning for you. So you do not have to open a Terminal and type any command, just download the app, set it up in your Applications directory and enjoy it. You can run it as many time as you want to always maintain a clean Open With menu.
    The app is available for free here https://github.com/spaquet/CleanOpenWith/releases and you can also fork the code to improve it.

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