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Set Default Application for PDFs in Mac OS X

This document covers how to set different applications to open PDF files in Mac OS X.

By default Mac OS X has Preview the built in PDF reader open and render all PDFs. This can be changed with a few simple steps.

1.) Find a PDF file.
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2.) Right click (control key + click) on the PDF. In the menu select "Get Info".
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3.) When the Get Info window appears expand the "Open with:" section right above "Preview:".
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4.) Select where is currently says "Preview" as the default application.
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5.) Pick the desired application.
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6.) If you disire that ALL PDFs open via the new application (not just the one we are currently viewing) click "Change All...".
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7.) Mac OS X will ask for confirmation of this action. If you wish to proceed click "Continue".
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8.) Close the Get Info window.
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Keywords: set, default, application, pdf, mac, osx   Doc ID: 26046
Owner: Bryce C.Group: UW Green Bay
Created: 2012-08-24 14:10 CDTUpdated: 2012-08-24 14:17 CDT
Sites: UW Green Bay