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Changing the Application That Opens a Document    
On occasion you may want to be able to change the application that open a document. For example, I have this Microsoft Office document on my desktop with a .doc extension. If I double click on the file it will automatically open in Microsoft Word. Now, if I want to open the document one time in Apple’s Pages Application, then I will hold down the control key and click once one the file. Scroll down to open with, and you’ll see in the pop-out menu all of the different applications you can use to open this file. So, I am going to select Pages and you’ll see that the computer is now opening this file in the Pages application. Now what we just did only effects the file one time, meaning that the next time I go to double click on the file to open it, it will still open in Microsoft Word. Now, if I want to permanently change the application that opens this file, I will click on the file one time to highlight it, then I’ll use the keyboard shortcut, Apple I, for get info. Or you can simply go to file, get info. That opens up a new window that tells you some information about the file. I am going to click right here where it says Open with, and a menu pops up with the choices of other applications that will open this file. I am going to set this to Pages and close this window. Now you will see that if I double click on the file, it will now automatically open in the Pages application.
 
 
 
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