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In Synaptic, when I click File > Add downloaded packages and navigate to the folder with the debian packages, the debian packages are greyed out, which means I cannot select them.

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According to this question you are misusing this feature. Apparently, this feature in Synaptic is not for installing individual DEB package files.

To do this - without using the command line - navigate to the folder where the packages are and double-click one (or more?) of them. This will bring up the Package Installer and you should be good to go.

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ok it's better than the dpkg -i ... –  maniat1k Feb 25 '12 at 2:31
    
Will this work if I need to install a set of packages from files? (E.g., accountsservice and libaccountsservice0. As I needed in that case: bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/accountsservice/+bug/952909/… ) –  imz -- Ivan Zakharyaschev Jun 15 '12 at 21:48

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