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Fix “Fetching” delay when selecting “Open With” on Mac

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I always have this sense in my mind that computers are always supposed to work the way they should and most importantly a computer should be FAST. And because they are computers, I shouldn’t have to wait for them to process basic tasks. It’s really annoying. That’s all in my mind of course, because in reality, things don’t always go the way they should.

A perfect example of that is the Open With menu you get when right clicking on a file. Sometimes, for no apparent reason, my iMac will spend several seconds “fetching” the applications that can be used to open that specific file type. Like with most things computer-related, the fix is pretty simple.

How to fix the long Fetching time when choosing Open With on Mac:

The solution here is fairly simple and quick. Open up Terminal and copy/paste the following command to reset Launch Services:

/System/Library/Frameworks/CoreServices.framework/Versions/A/Frameworks/LaunchServices.framework/Versions/A/Support/lsregister -kill -seed -r -f -v -domain local -domain user -domain system
From my own experience, this only appears to be a temporary fix though and I have to run that command from time to time. Still, it’s better than sitting here waiting for your Mac to be done fetching.

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