Clean up “Open With” context menu

If you are running OS X you might notice that, over time, your context menu has become bloated. The screen shot below shows the context menu for text files. As you can see, it could use pruning.

Luckily, it’s easy to prune this list. All you need to do is delete a Finder preference file.

  1. Go to your Home/Library/Preferences folder
  2. Find “” file
  3. Delete it

The other way you can do this is by rebuilding the Launch Services database using the following command from the Terminal.

sudo /System/Library/Frameworks/CoreServices.framework/Versions/A/Frameworks/LaunchServices.framework/Versions/A/Support/lsregister -kill -r -domain local -domain system -domain user

For me this second option seems to work best.

About Joe Cotellese

Joe is the founder of Learning OS X. He's often spending way too much time playing with new Mac software in order to improve his ability at "Getting Things Done."


  1. For those who are interested I have an article on how to clean up the Open With menu here [ l] and I also have made an application to perform all the tasks discussed in the article.

    The application (CoW) is available for download here []

    You can fork the app on GitHub and make it more to your taste while keeping it straight.

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