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After the topic is in Sir Applerot Forum came up, we want to show you here in the blog how you can remove duplicate entries from the "Open with" menu under macOS. Unfortunately, this does not work directly by right-clicking a file on the Mac to delete an open-with entry. Apps can only be selected in the menu to be opened. However, if some appear several times (e.g. in different versions), this is annoying and quickly becomes confusing. In the following you will find three ways to remove duplicate apps from the “Open with” overview of files on a Mac.
If you have several versions of Safari, the PDF Expert App, graphics apps or other programs in the context menu of a file to be opened, you can solve the problem via the Port to solve. You don't need any programming knowledge or a lot of experience with entering commands on the Apple Mac. Just follow this step-by-step guide:
If you can't get used to the terminal, that's not a problem. Instead of the above procedure, you can simply delete the file responsible for the Open With menu from macOS so that the Mac is forced to create it again. Old, overwritten and / or deleted versions of apps are then no longer included. The whole thing works like this:
If the desired change has not yet occurred, the Mac will restart. Then the duplicate entries in the "Open with" menu should have disappeared. By the way, what a plist file is and what you can do with it, you can find out in this post: What are plist files on Mac and can I delete and convert them?
We have the OnyX app for the Apple Mac for you already presented three years ago. But even today she can help you. Depending on the version you're using, the process can be a little different. However, if you have given the app the necessary permissions in macOS, proceed as follows to remove duplicate entries in the open with menu:
You can find more information about OnyX, the link to the free download from the developer page and tips for installation and use in the post linked above. If you have any questions on the topic, you are welcome to leave a comment or register in the Sir Apfelot forum, where numerous Mac and other Apple topics are already being discussed.
After graduating from high school, Johannes completed an apprenticeship as a business assistant specializing in foreign languages. But then he decided to research and write, which resulted in his independence. For several years he has been working for Sir Apfelot, among others. His articles include product introductions, news, manuals, video games, consoles, and more. He follows Apple keynotes live via stream.