How To Remove Duplicate Apps In Mac’s Right Click “Open With” Menu

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The ‘Open With’ feature in right-click menu allows us to open a specific file with applications other than the one associated with the document type. Normally it will display all compatible apps to open a specific file but sometimes, it will display more than one selection for the same app in the ‘Open With’ menu.

If you’re annoyed by this harmless bug, we have a solution to remove duplicate apps in the ‘Open With’ menu.

3 Steps to Kill Duplicate Apps

Just follow these 3 simple steps to kill duplicate apps in your ‘Open With’ menu:

  1. Open Terminal application.

  2. Copy the following coding and paste in Terminal application, then press Enter.

    /System/Library/Frameworks/CoreServices.framework/Versions/A/Frameworks/LaunchServices.framework/Versions/A/Support/lsregister -kill -r -domain local -domain system -domain user

  3. After that, relaunch Finder by holding down the Alt key and right clicking the Finder icon in the Dock, then click Relaunch.

That’s it! Try to right-click a file and go to ‘Open With’ menu. You will see all the duplicate app icons removed.

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