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I have a Mac, OS X El Capitan, Version 10.11.6

I downloaded and installed Finale 25 the day it became available. I've kept up with all versions since forever. Using Finale 25, I made my first new file and saved it. Everything was fine, no problems. The next day I opened that file again by clicking on the name of the file in my Finale collection, and it opened in Finale 2014.5. I didn't have any version of Finale already open. After a few days of experimenting, I have discovered that my old files will open in Finale 25 only if I already have that version already open. If I don't have Finale already opened, the default version that an old file opens in will be 2014.5. Not an earth-shattering problem, but still…

My name is Lorraine

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Oops, never mind. I found that I have to use Command-I, and then look at a selected file without opening it. Then there is the option to designate that Finale 25 (or another Finale version that I designate) should open all similar files in the future. End of problem. Yay.

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You can accomplish the same on any file by doing Get Info. Select the application you wish to open the file and click on Change All to have that app open all files of the same type. Here is a before and after:

 

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This is a basic Mac OS function going back decades. It's one of those cool features of the OS that, once you discover it, your life becomes a little less complicated.

 

 

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Thanks, Mike. As you can see, I discovered this for myself before you explained it. :-)

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Yes but you and I are not the only ones who read these, are we? Besides, it wasn't clear that this applies to all Mac files.

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