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I'm using Mac OS X and the default tex editor is TexWorks, but I want to utilize TexShop as the default one.

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closed as off topic by egreg, topskip, Seamus, Mico, lockstep Jan 31 '12 at 19:06

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I think this is off-topic ... –  Thorsten Jan 31 '12 at 12:23
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This depends on your operating system not LaTeX. –  schmendrich Jan 31 '12 at 12:24
    
Do "Get Info" from a .tex file; then change the default application for all file of the same kind. Of course, assuming that you're using Mac OS X. Otherwise there's no TeXShop to begin with. –  egreg Jan 31 '12 at 12:25
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@egreg: please make comment an answer. I think this question is very much on topic. So what if the intervention needs to be made at the operating system level instead of the application level? –  Matthew Leingang Jan 31 '12 at 13:09
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Assuming you're on Mac OS X (otherwise there would be no TeXShop available to you), all you need is to click on a .tex file in a Finder window and choose "Get Info" from the "File" menu.

In the window that pops up go at the tab named "Open with" and from the popup menu choose "TeXShop.app"

Then click on the button just below, named "Change All…"

Warning:
please note that this changes the behavior of ALL [!] files with the suffix .tex. If, for some reason, you later want to open single .tex files with another application like a pure text editor, you can change the setting for those files by hand in the "Get Info" panel.

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Or if you just want to open any particular file with another application, you can control-click on it and choose "Open with" from the contextual menu to select the application. –  Alan Munn Jan 31 '12 at 14:20
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