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Cannot set Mac application as default program

APPLIES TO:
  • Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac

Symptoms

I cannot select an application that installed on the Mac side as a default program in Windows. This program does not appear in the list of applications to choose from.

If I right click to appropriate file and select 'Open on Mac' it works. The problem is that I cannot set it as the default program.

Cause

Guest OS misconfiguration.

Resolution

  1. Right-click on file that you need to be opened in Mac application > Open with > Choose default program... > click on Browse.
  2. Locate Shared Applications folder

    path: C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming\Parallels\Shared Applications

    NOTE: You may just enter 'Shared Applications' at the search bar.

  3. Select the appropriate application.
  4. Make sure "Always use the selected program to open this kind of file" box is checked.

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