Photoshop CC 2018: Not default program for PSD files (macOS)

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I noticed that when I do not have Photoshop CC 2018 open already, I get an error when trying to open PSD files. It says that this file cannot be opened in Photoshop 2017. But that version has been uninstalled after the 2018 version was installed. I check the "Get Info" panel, and the default program for all my PSD files is PS 2017 with a generic icon. When I try to select PS 2018 from the drop down menu, it doesn't take and reverts back to 2017. I also notice that once I have PS 2018 open, and I am able to open a PSD file, there is no PS icon in the file name bar like usual. It's a blank document icon. I imagine this is related to the 2017 default app error. Please fix!
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Brandon Adams

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Wrong settings in the info.plist from adobe PhotoShop.

Right klick on Adobe Photoshop CC 2018  > Show Package Contents.
Open the info.plist inside the Contents Folder in TextWrangel.

Delete the following lines 31-34


Save the document.

Please open the terminal and type a
touch /Applications/Adobe\ Photoshop\ CC\ 2018/Adobe\ Photoshop\ CC\
touch (and drag & dropping the Photoshop Application into the terminal Window)

Last step: sign out the user and sign in again
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I have questions about  this workaround as well. Maybe one or two times it was normal, but then Photoshop CC 2018 crashed and had to be reinstalled.