I am aware of ways to remove duplicate entries from the Finder "Open with..." menu. But in this instance I simply want to cull down the list of apps that appear when I do "Open with..." on pictures. Right now, in Mail (although it's the same in Finder, of course), when I do Open With on .jpg files, I get a LONG list of apps, many of which I would never consider opening a picture in. Even a music editing app, that has nothing to do with jpg files (in my opinion) shows up.

Is there a way to edit this list? To cull it down to the essentials? Having to look through 44 applications (in my case) just to find the app I'd like to open a picture with is inefficient and tedious. Please tell me Apple were kind enough to make a way to decide which apps I want to see in that list... :-)


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You can remove entries from the CFBundleDocumentTypes dictionaries in Info.plist files, but it is not very practical.

For example DVD Player won't be listed as a supported application for .dvdmedia files if you:

  1. Run sudo nano /Applications/DVD\ Player.app/Contents/Info.plist and remove the entry for dvdmedia.
  2. Run /System/Library/Frameworks/CoreServices.framework/Versions/A/Frameworks/LaunchServices.framework/Versions/A/Support/lsregister -f /Applications/DVD\ Player.app/.
  3. Quit and relaunch Finder.

Sandboxed applications like TextEdit and Chess have crashed on launch since 10.8 if their Info.plist has been modified. Changes to Info.plist files might also get reverted by updates.

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