Not sure if it's a mac-specific problem (let me know if I should move it), but every time I try to open a pdf file, Microsoft Word tries (and fails) to open it. I have tried "open with..." > Preview with the "always open with" box checked on multiple occasions, and it works for a while, but by the next day it is always set back to opening with Word. Any ideas what the culprit could be?

Update: this seems to be happening with txt files too... I never try to open either pdfs or txt files in Word, so I'm not sure how it keeps getting reset...

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    the 'always open with' box you checked was accessed in Get Info?
    – Natsfan
    Nov 29, 2017 at 19:59
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    I tried right-clicking and using "open with..." and also "Change all" within Get Info, neither seemed to stick...
    – Ted
    Nov 30, 2017 at 22:08
  • I have this same issue. It is particularly irksome.
    – Jules
    Mar 10, 2018 at 1:34
  • @Jules did you ever find a solution? Most irksome of all, no matter how many times I say 'open in Preview always,' Preview never stays on the short list of programs in the right-click 'open with' menu...
    – Ted
    Mar 26, 2018 at 18:40
  • Not a repeatable fix. My Mac crashed last week. After that crash+restart, this issue went away. [shrug]
    – Jules
    Mar 26, 2018 at 18:44


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