On my Macbook Air (El Capitan) -

Why is it that when I select Open With>Other...

Enable all applications

check the checkbox Always open with

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It still makes me do it all over again,... every time!!!

I am trying to open xml files with Chrome. But every time I select one from Finder and do open with...

If I just choose Open then XCode opens it.

What does the Always open with checkbox actually do? Is it for decoration only, and has no function? It doesn't do what I think it should. Please advise.

  • This happens when you SELECT "Chrome" from the all applications and THEN tick the 'Always open with" checkbox? – bjbk Nov 17 '15 at 0:57
  • @bjbk Yes and the order of events does not seem to matter either - whether I choose the app first and then check the box or the other way around. – Roy Hinkley Nov 17 '15 at 1:01

What you're doing is making Finder always open this specific file with Chrome.

What you want is to open all XML files with Chrome. To do this:

  1. Right click the XML file.
  2. Choose Get Info
  3. Under "Open with", select Chrome and then click "Change All..."
  • Thank you! This is far from obvious in the "user friendly" Finder. – Sonia Hamilton Aug 15 '17 at 1:03

If you want to open all xml files in Chrome, you need to click the Change All... button in the File | Get info (cmd+i) window.

  • What does Always open with in the file open dialog mean then? What's its usage? – Roy Hinkley Nov 17 '15 at 14:50
  • That only applies to that single file, not all files based on the file extension. Personally I never found this feature useful, since if I want to open a png file with GIMP for example, than I want to open all png files with gimp. Otherwise it is hard to expect what application will open when I double click on a file. – user3145800 Nov 18 '15 at 1:55

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