I don't think you even have to restart the finder this way, though i could be mistaken about that. I suppose you could probably delete the dialog boxes and stuff if you wanted. Lost your password? Powered by the Parse. More Mac Sites: Macworld MacUser iPhone Central.
Rebuild the launchservices database Nov 15, '07 It happens now and then that when you control-click on a file to use the Open With contextual menu, you'll see double entries, and even removed applications, in the list of available applicatiopns. A rebuild of the LaunchServices database is then the solution.
Did you try launching the Moneydance app and using its File menu to open the downloaded file? Keep us posted! Notify me of new comments via email. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Every time I install a new updated version of one of several applications that I use, my system adds a new duplicate entry in the "Open With" contextual menu: Loading page content.
This also happened in Tiger. The path to the lsregister command needed for the rebuild has changed in As such, the following command rebuilds the database on Leopard: Rebuild the launchservices database 5 comments Create New Account. The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. This site is not responsible for what they say. Rebuild the launchservices database Authored by: TinkerTool System got the job done Authored by: Try this script instead!
Authored by: Search Advanced. From our Sponsor Latest Mountain Lion Hints Click here for complete coverage of Lion on Macworld. User Functions Username: What's New: What's New in the Forums? Nano 7 - backgrounds If I right click on a file now, I only get four application options, only one with an icon. It may be worth restarting with the Shift key held to see if that Safe restart can clear the right cache. Which version of macOS are you running, and can you remember what started this problem off?
Hello Howard! Thank you for your work on this problem. I reran the command, this time with —seed. I rebooted this sounds all a bit windows to me , and, at this point I find that if I quit an app and restart it, the application icon reappears. I would not advise anyone else to get into this mess because my attempts to solve this problem have been voodoo compared to the normal approach I like to apply to computing, especially system commands, which is to understand a command before running it!
Mike, Well done in sorting it out.
As I wrote, LaunchServices problems are not easy to solve. I hope that this all settles OK for you now. It has already surprised me. Hello again Howard! May I ask a question? All the apps in my dock have icons except terminal — the one I use most! Can you shed any further light on cause and effect here? When you open an app or a document, LaunchServices specifically lsd should get notified. In the case of a document, LaunchServices has to check the type of the document, look up its default associated editor app, open that app and tell it to open the document.
In the case of just opening an app alone, it should tell the app to open in its default configuration. So it should then ensure its details are refreshed. See how things go over the next day or so. I still have missing application icons. I can confirm that at this point all icons have returned.
Hoakley, I used the terminal commands for correcting Launching Services database that you provided. I ran all of them, maybe overkill. I have read this may revert, so I will keep watching. Keeping the terminal commands too. Thank you very much for helping relieve my frustration.
Hoakley, after terminal commands to clear the launch services, the pdf opened from inside Books in my editing application, but failed afterwards. Something in Mojave has broken assigning pdfs in Mojave Books. Assignment works on pdfs outside of Mojave Books. You are commenting using your WordPress.
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Learn how your comment data is processed. Accomplishing the others, launching apps from other apps, opening documents or URLs in other apps, identifying the default app with which to open a document or URL, maintaining lists of document and URL types which an app can open, providing ancillary information about files and URLs, such as an associated icon, requires a database which tracks apps and their capabilities, and document and URL types and how they should be represented.
The wrong app The most common problem which occurs with Launch Services is that they misassociate a document type with an app. The wrong information There is no simple way to rebuild your Launch Services database, unless you have a utility such as OnyX which includes this as a feature. Share this: Like this: Like Loading Gene Like Liked by 1 person.
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