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Is there any way I can make it so one specific app always shows up in the "Open With" menu, in addition to all of the default options?

I want to be able to right-click on a file, and in addition to seeing all of the normal apps that open it, I also want to be able to choose something like BBEdit, so I can also view the raw code.

Maybe the approach should be reversed, is there a way I can tell the system that BBEdit is a valid app to open every file type?

This would be a very handy, time-saving mod.

  • BBEdit should already have listed itself for every file type it is capable of opening. What would be the point of adding photos, video, audio or disk images etc, or any binary file? – Tetsujin Jun 3 '18 at 8:32
  • Data recovery apps often mis-categorize what it thinks various files are. It would be nice to be able to quickly open them in BBEdit, view the content, and be sure their content matches their extension. – l008com Jun 3 '18 at 8:54
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    OK... that would appear to be an odd way of thinking. Pre-emptive disaster recovery, rather than just having a good backup strategy in the first place... – Tetsujin Jun 3 '18 at 9:01
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    It's actually not odd at all - you have misunderstood the request. If you work with data recovery apps, and have the results on your Mac - you want to be able to inspect the recovered files quickly. It is not to do with disaster recovery of the Mac itself, and thus have nothing to do with backup strategy. The files you do data recovery on might not be your own, but rather data recovery done for friends, family or even clients. – jksoegaard Jun 3 '18 at 11:21
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    "BBEdit should already have listed itself for every file type it is capable of opening" is not accurate. There are many filetypes that are XML based, that BBEdit doesn't make itself an app for. For example, .webloc safari 'bookmark' files and .svg vector images. Having BBEdit 'always' be in the list would be very handy. – l008com Jun 4 '18 at 4:31

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