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Cannot change association for mp4 video files to custom .desktop

I cannot set default association of mp4 and avi files to my custom desktop files. For mkv, I can change from nautilus file>properties>open with tab. This is a video of the peculiar behavior that I am ...
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How can I open gliffy diagrams by double clicking?

I installed a program "Gliffy" as a Google Chrome app. It saves it's diagrams as *.gliffy files. I'm wondering if I could set things up so that I can double click on this *.gliffy file and it opens ...
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How to set mplayer as the default video application in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS?

I added a new entry under ~/.local/share/applications as suggested in another discussion, and it now shows up in the contextual menu: However, while in the previous versions of Ubuntu, you could ...
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Default application not launching when DVD inserted

I'm trying to have my headless server automatically rip dvds on insertion. To do this, I have written a script launching dvdbackup and a .desktop file to call it. The script and the .desktop file ...
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How select between multiple programs with same name for linux shell?

I've already installed an old version of mysql server into my linux system using repository in /usr/bin path. Recently I upgraded it to latest version using linux binary package (with no installer) ...
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crash when changing default applications

I have a weird behavior in my ubuntu: when i try to change through the UI (System options -> details -> default apps) for example the default browser (firefox -> chrome) it crashes and does not apply ...
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Set Tor Browser as default browser?

I would like Ubuntu to automatically use the Tor Browser as its default browser. As it launches from the script start-tor-browser and is perhaps not truly "installed" in the same way as Firefox or ...
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Changing the default reader for pdf looses the previous one

I have changed the default program for reading pdfs from Adobe reader to Evince. The problem is that now Adobe disappeared from the list of choice. If I press right click/open with I cannot see Adobe ...
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How do I set gvim as default application? [duplicate]

I compiled and installed vim 7.4 in Ubuntu 12.04. I want to set gvim as the default application for all text and C/C++ files. I tried : Right click > Open With Other Application. But couldn't find ...
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Change the default editor when sudo visudo

When doing sudo visudo, the default editor is nano. I want to change it to vi or vim. I already made vim be the default application to replace gedit upon opening php, plain text, c and h files, by ...
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How do I change which application opens xml documents by default?

I am on 14.04 and want to set a custom application (subtitleeditor) to open xml files. This question does not apply to me: How to set default program? because not matter what I do, the default program ...
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Change default program

I know that this question was also asked here, but I have a slightly different problem. I want to open CSV files using sublime instead of Calc. However, sublime does not even appear to my ...
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How do I set NetBeans as the default for .java files?

I want .java files to open with NetBeans, but Ubuntu doesn't offer the option, neither in the drop down menu nor properties>open with. I also should mention that I'm using Ubuntu 14.04. EDIT: ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 does not allow changing default calculator?

I created a custom shortcut in Keyboard->Shortcuts and set it opens qalculator app. Then I assigned to it the keyboard Calculator key. Ubuntu asked me if I want to replace the original app and ...
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LXDE preferences lacks Default Applications applet

I've just installed LXDE under Ubuntu 14.04 and I'm finding it much more agreeable. One of the few problems is the fact that the network status widget/panel doesn't show up. I've read this is a ...
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Ubuntu seems to mount flash drives and SD Cards, but they will not open in Nautilus

I am running Ubuntu 14.04, 64 bit, and have had essentially no issues with it thus far. However, whenever I plug in a USB flash drive or an SD card, it seems to open in Shotwell. First I went to the ...
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How can I add a package to the default installation of Ubuntu?

I want to add the xclip package as default package in Ubuntu. When I install Linux then xclip package should also be installed with it. How can I do it?
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How do I change the default file manager for opening downloads in Skype?

In Skype on Ubuntu, you can click a little folder icon next to a download to open the directory containing the download: When I click the folder icon, the folder is always opened in Nautilus? How ...
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recognize installed application

I've a problem to make Ubuntu 13.10 to recognize my installed program. I've installed Blender 3d from the site instead of USC and I've created the .desktop file. All run good but when I tried to open ...
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Ubuntu and Torrents [duplicate]

I cannot download magnetic links from any site. I have downloaded multiple torrent clients such as Vuze, bittorent client, and Transmisson which was already downloaded when I got the computer. When ...
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Kubuntu Adobe Acroread hyperlinks

I've installed Adobe Acroread 9.5.5 on my Kubuntu system: Distributor ID: Ubuntu Description: Ubuntu 13.10 Release: 13.10 Codename: saucy Acroreader won't follow weblinks - ...
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Question from a newbie [closed]

I installed ubuntu yesterday, so this is a very new and unique experience for me. Naturally, I want to know how does installation work here? In Windows, exe files are opened and installation boots ...
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How to reset default app for filetype?

How can I set a filetype to always open with a specific application? In .local/share/applications/mimeapps.list there was this line - application/x-extension-jap=gedit.desktop;jalbum.desktop; It ...
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Is there any way to save files when switching to a different version of Ubuntu? [duplicate]

Is there any way of saving all the apps that i have downloaded and files in my home folder when switching versions of Ubuntu? I want to upgrade from 12.04 to 13.10 but don't want to lose all of the ...
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Using mimeopen to set default application outputs “Cancelled”

I'm attempting to follow the steps here to change the the default application that opens a Blender file. I input the command mimeopen -dmime my_file.blend and when prompted for the application, I ...
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How to set Qalculator as default calculator?

I am trying to set which calculator will be called when I press the calculator button on the keyboard. My favourite calc app is Qalculate. How can I set it be the default one so I can open it via ...
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Removing Create launcher on panel from context menu

How to remove the context menu entry of create launcher on Panel. After installing xfce most of the text files are defaulted to open by create launcher on panel. How to remove that entry. What is the ...
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Changing default “Open With” to a console based application

I have a chess program that runs from the command line by doing "scid". I want to be able to open .pgn files automatically with scid. However, when I right click on a .pgn file and go to "Open with", ...
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What application to select to open and download programs on Ubuntu?

I have tried downloading both Wine and VLC player, but it asks me to select an application to run the program installation. Not sure what to pick...shouldn't there be an application to automatically ...
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How do I make krusader the default file manager?

Is it possible to set krusader as the default file manager in ubuntu 13.10? I tried to defined it in system settings > details > default applications but there is nothing about file manager ...
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Problem associating file type to application

I'm trying to make gpxviewer the default application to open .gpx files. The problem is that it doesn't appear in the "Open with" window neither I can add it. What I have tried: Using Ubuntu Tweak ...
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How do I find the interface of Rhythmbox?

I opened a mp3, thus started Rhythmbox and then minimized the UI. Now I can't find a way to find the UI anymore, it's not in the taskbar nor can I access it from alt-tab. What can I do?
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How to set default editor in 13.04? [duplicate]

None of this, this nor this worked in setting my default editor. Haven't tried this, I'm afraid it won't work either. So how do I set the default editor to emacs or possibly emacsclient in 13.04 ...
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I want Pidgin links opened in Chromium not in Firefox

When I attempt to open a link in Pidgin it opens the link with Firefox. I prefer Chromium. I have Chromium set as the default application in the System Settings folder, but Firefox still opens the ...
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Changing Default programs for a particular file type

Another answer recommended "Right click on the .torrent file..." or "Firefox go to Edit > Preferences > Applications change default application for magnet" What do I do if I can't find the .torrent ...
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How to set helper apps in Firefox and Thunderbird

In both Firefox and Thunderbird, when you want to open a document in something other than the default registered in the program, they open a file picker. Now in windows I know exactly what to do with ...
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Minimalist alternative to Rhythmbox

Is there a good music player for 12.04 that is simple, text-based, and lightweight? I would like something that doesn't use up much CPU, and looks clean, with little GUI. I've seen a simple, ...
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Bittorrent is unchosen how to choose it as default software for torrent download? [duplicate]

In Ubuntu 12.04, how can I choose Transmission as the default bittorrent client? Somehow I unchose it.
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What are the features of an application that become a core/pre-installed/default Ubuntu application?

For example there is a lot of text editors, media players, text editors, mail clients, etc, but only one of each group is selected to be delivered as pre-installed in the next version of Ubuntu. So, ...
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How to remove unused application from the menu but not completely uninstall it on 12.04 LTS

What I wanna do is not to uninstall certain apps but to completely hide it. For example I'm using VLC I didn't want to uninstall the default Movie Player, but I didn't want to have it run my videos ...
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How to open jar file using open JDK?

I installed "open jdk 7" on ubuntu 13.04, but not recognized in "other application" list to set as default. I need to open a ".jar" file with "open jdk7". Please help.
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How to add “open jdk7” to deffault open program list?

I want to open a .jar file, but "open jdk 7" is not in other applications list. How can I add "open jdk 7" to "other applications" list and then set it as default opener? I have no such problem in ...
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Sudoku doesn't work, probable sys.path error

As the title suggests, the default sudoku game doesn't work anymore. I used to use it quite frequently however, after a break when i tried to run it again, it doesn't open. If I search for Sudoku on ...
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I'm having a difficulty in the application intalled menu [closed]

How can I see all the installed application collectively except the default ones If there's not, please make one because it's hard to know if its a default or a installed one. And a default programs ...
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list of default packages for Ubuntu 12.10?

I wanted to remove everything related to wine and I ran this line: sudo apt-get remove wine* For some reason, it started to remove a whole bunch of essential graphical (or even not) packages, which ...
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Xubuntu/precise: default programs chaos

I'm using xubuntu "precise". I have set up my preferred applications (Settings/Preferred-Applications or $ exo-preferred-applications): web browser: chromium mail reader: thunderbird file manager: ...
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Ubuntu 13.04 opens disks and directories in the browser instead of in Nautilus

for example, when I plug in my external hard drive, google-chrome opens file:///media/atj/TOSHIBA%20EXT/ When in sublime text Open Containing Folder opens the folder in the browser too. Any clue to ...
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Places opens in Disk Usage Analyzer in Ubuntu 13.04

I have updated my ubuntu from 12.10 to latest Ubuntu 13.04. everything is fine but when i go to Places and click any place, it opens in Disk Usage Analyzer by default and i found no way to either stop ...
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Installing a JavaScript file

Whenever I try to install a JavaScript file it opens it in an editor instead of installing it. How do I change this action? Specifically I'm trying to install a script from userscripts.org,
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How to I add a command to be available from the auto run box for DVD videos?

In System Settings --> Details --> Removable Media there are drop downs to let you select what to do when you insert various media types. I've written some scripts called things like ripmovie ...