Sep 25

I installed Parallels and noticed when I right click on a file on the Mac OS X side there is now bunch of Windows applications under ‘Open With’ menu.

This is compliments of their ‘SmartSelect’ feature. I like the idea but I don’t like seeing Microsoft anything on my Mac Side. It ruins the experience.

To clear the application Parallels recommends you:

You need to open the virtual machine folder, delete the “Windows Applications” folder, and disable “Share Windows Applications to Mac” under the “Shared Applications” options in the virtual machine configuration.

That did not work for me even after a restart or two. The applications were still listed in the menu. However now, when I click on one Mac OS X said the application cannot be found…. So the menu need a rebuild and this command did the trick:

Frameworks/LaunchServices.framework/Support/lsregister \
-kill -r -domain local -domain system -domain user


It rebuilt the ‘Open With’ menu and cleared out all the old applications. Genius!

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