Help! My Documents Open In The Wrong Application


Jedd asks: I did a File->Get Info on a Microsoft Word .doc file and chose Open With: Word 2004. I also clicked Change All as well, to make all .doc files open with Word 2004. However, when I double click .doc files, it often they open in Word 2008. I don’t want to delete Word 2008, but I want things to open in Word 2004 by default. Why did “Change All” not fix this?


Sounds like you need to (a) reset your Mac’s LaunchServices database and (b) then remap .doc files to Word 2004. I like Onyx for the first part; it’s free, and it gets the job done without mucking about in the terminal. If, for whatever reason, you must do it in the terminal, there are more than a few opinions on the right way to do this. Trust us, just use Onyx. 

Once you’ve reset LaunchServices, the same path you used above to remap to Word 2004 should work fine: 

  1. Go to the Finder
  2. Highlight a .doc file
  3. Choose File->Get Info
  4. Select Word 2004
  5. Click “Change All…”

That should do it!