Launch Services is an API used by applications to open other applications or their document files similar to the way that the Finder or the Dock handles them.

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How do I clear the application used to open a file, i.e. set it to none

When you double click a file the finder will select an application to open it with. What it's going to do can be changes or viewed in the info panel for the file. Viewing some files you'll notice ...
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How do I set Skype as the default handler for tel: URLs instead of FaceTime?

I'm trying to change the default handler for the tel: URL scheme to use Skype.app instead of FaceTime.app. Whenever I change the handler using lstool (the CLI component of RCDefaultApp; see this ...
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How to get those errors out from my Console?

my mac is generating those errors at every 5 seconds. Running latest stable version of EL Capitan. Any idea? Any help would be useful. 15/03/16 09:24:50,065 xpcproxy[12275]: LaunchServices: ...
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How to make .docx files open in Pages by default

Is there a way to make .docx (Word) files open in Pages by default? How do I do it?
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Unknown event opening Skype periodically

Recently Skype has been opening itself or placing itself into focus, regardless of what app is running or on focus. This happens every half an hour to hourly. It's has gotten really annoying, and I ...
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How to debug .app that only successfully launches from Terminal?

Recently, my Dropbox.app stopped launching correctly. If I double-click on the app or try to launch via spotlight, the app just silently dies within a second. I see it show up in Activity Monitor, but ...
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Launch different apps based on file name (other than the extension)?

I'd like to have different apps handle .jpg files based on a naming convention I'll use for the .jpg files. Specifically most will go to Xee, but ones containing thumb should instead cause VLC to be ...
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What are the services Apple's Firewall considers essential?

I'm trying to determine what Apple's Firewall considers essential services. Apple's Firewall has the following settings available: A search of Apple's site does not reveal a support document on the ...
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Yosemite Server: lsregister spamming Console with LaunchServices database seeding notifications

I'm running Yosemite Server 10.10.2 on a Mac Mini with several 40TB SAS RAIDs attached and a dozen AFP clients (iMacs running mixed Mountain Lion and Yosemite) connected over the local network. I'm ...
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Accidentally unload all launchctl daemons

While trying to set up some services (OS X 10.10 Yosemite), I accidentally did a sudo launchctl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/ and the screen was frozen immediately. Now my Mac doesn't boot ...
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How to run an application as a system service?

I'd like to be able to run Plex media server in the background even when not logged on. This is something I could easily setup in Windows but I can't figure out if this is possible in OSX.
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Settings for CalendarAgent, Mingler and iCalExternalSync services

I have the dreaded issue with recurring sync service processes wreaking havoc on my MacBook Pro with O S X 10.9 Mavericks and stealing my CPU cycles for no apparent good reason. Usually with a 3 month ...
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Viewing/Changing App paths used by `open -a foo.app …`

When using open -a iTerm.app SOMEPATH from a shell-script or Emacs eshell command, it appears to launch a different instance of iTerm than the one in /Applications/iTerm.app that I'd expect. ...
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My macbook thinks .as files are zip files (and they won't open in XCode)

I've got some old .as files from a project I was working on on a different mac a long time ago. I was trying to open one of them just to try and remember something. But for some reason my mac thinks ...
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Replace Text Edit as the default text editor

I've seen questions like this which don't quite solve my problem. I'd like to make Sublime Text 3 the default file viewer/editor for all files that currently use textedit. Most of these files can be ...
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Keynote 6 Hijacking Launch Services?

I find Keynote 6 in Mavericks to be both a step backwards and a step forwards from Keynote 5. It has some neat new transitions and all, but the iOS-ification (simplification) of the interface, as well ...
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How can I prevent “Open With…” from accessing external drives?

Frequently, when I try to open the (10.9) Finder's "Open With..." menu, I experience a delay that appears to be due to connected FireWire drives. This delay is very long when the drives need to spin ...
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What does lsboxd process do on os x?

My firewall asked me for a connection from lsboxd (module com.apple.ls.boxd, ) to one another computer in my network to the port tcp 548. What does it do? I found that it is a part of sandbox ...
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Any way to “right-click->open” application using application launcher or AppleScript?

I'm an avid launch service (Quicksilver/Launchbar) user, and have been frequently stymied by Gatekeeper… The default "Open" actions behave like double-clicking an application package, which is ...
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Quarantine alert for Skim

I'm on Mountain Lion. Every time I double-click on a pdfd (pdf bundle) document, I get the alert saying that I'm opening Skim for the first time (which is, of course, false). I've completely disabled ...
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Why is a command line change to ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.LaunchServices.plist not effective immediately?

When the Info window of Finder is used to associate files of a particular type with an application: the preference is effective immediately. When Terminal is used to make a comparable addition ...