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Opening .docx attachments in Firefox using LibreOffice

I'm trying to open .docx files from the Outlook Web App, viewed in Firefox, with LibreOffice. LibreOffice is installed on my computer and the default application for opening .docx files. What's more, ...
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How can I prevent software from becoming default?

I recently installed SMPlayer and it became default without even asking, is there a way to prevent software doing this?
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Double-clicking on .md or .mkd or .markdown files doesn't open them in ReText but in the default text editor

I installed ReText 3.1.3* and all suggested dependencies on Lubuntu 12.10 using apt-get. If I run touch ~/Desktop/abcd.md, and subsequently double-click on abcd.md in PCManFM or on its icon on the ...
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Why can't I easily open .py files with IDLE using right click?

I have visited this question and tried everything mentioned with no success: How do I set IDLE as default editor for python scripts Ubuntu 12.04 Python 2.7 IDLE(Using Python-2.7) When I ...
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Open documents, ppt and excel sheets directly into google docs/driver

I do not want to use libreoffice and not able to find lightweight alternative for excel and ppt viewers. So could you please tell me how can trick nautilus to open these files directly into google ...
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How to change default behavior when iPod is plugged in?

Right now when I plug in my iPod, Clementine opens and starts playing, which is annoying because I prefer to manage my iPod using Rhythmbox which has a "sync" feature that Clementine (AFAIK) is ...
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Empathy Notifications ? How open Emphaty from envelope?

Well no, was no similar question. Ok somebody start to chat me, I got envelope. When I click on it Telepathy not Empathy opens, always. Well Empathy looks better and has nicer UI. How to make Empathy ...
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Change MTP default action when connecting to Ubuntu

The first time I've connected my smartphone to Ubuntu, it asked me about the default action each time I'll connect it. Now the default action is to open nautilus. How do I change it to not do ...
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How to open the default GUI text editor in Ubuntu or Lubuntu via a script?

I have a script that uses gedit to open text file in Ubuntu. That script does not work under Lubuntu. What command is required to execute the default text editor? I want to make the script usable ...
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Setting default application in gnome3? [duplicate]

Question: I want to set the default program for .exe files to mono-runtime. Right now, Ubuntu wants to open it with MonoDevelop, which is pointless. So I right-click on the .exe file, and choose ...
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Setting a file types default program to be a Jar file

I'm using Ubuntu 12.04. I have a file with an extension .sbd and I have a jar file (that I've written) that can open these extensions. However, I want to be able to click on the .sbd file and have the ...
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Open file from terminal in specific application

I use xdg-open a lot in the terminal; this opens a file in the default application. However, sometimes I'd like to open a file in a different (non-default) application. Is there a way to achieve this ...
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How does one show all applications when choosing an application to open a file with?

I am trying to open a file of an unknown type (Pokemon Gold.gbc). I double click it and get the message "Could not display '/home/josh/Downloads/Pokemon ROMS/Pokemon Gold.gbc'. The file is of an ...
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Set emacs -nw as default editor

When editing files like sudoers, I want to use emacs instead of nano. So I ran this command sudo update-alternatives --config editor And I selected emacs. The only issue is I like emacs in no ...
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How do I remove ace-of-penguins without removing lubuntu-desktop?

I desperately need to get more disk space and I thought I should remove ace-of-penguins. But when I try to remove it in Synaptic it wants me to mark lubuntu-desktop for removal as well. (This also ...
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How do you set your Default Bittorrent Application?

Additional details are: OS = 12.10 Present Default Torrent Application = qBittorrent Preferred Default Torrent Application = Vuze My main area in of which I'm looking for advise is magnet links. ...
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I want an alternative program for IDM [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can someone recommend a download manager? I want an alternative program for IDM ( internet download manager ) on ubuntu ?? or how can I setup idm on ubuntu ?? i want A ...
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Changing Python default in 12.04 LTS

I have downloaded and installed python 3.2.3 for Ubuntu/Debian. Also IDLE IDE for 3.2.3. If I execute IDLE for 3.2.3 explicitely, 3.2.3 runs under IDLE and all is well. But if I go to a terminal ...
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Instant Messenger for Ubuntu and Windows

Does anyone know if there is an instant messenger that can (easily) be installed and work on both Windows (7) and Ubuntu?
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Setting default application to open files through FileZilla?

I have installed Sublime Text 2. I have set all the default files to open with this. However, when I open a file from my server using FileZilla (by right-clicking and file and then click "View/Edit") ...
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Stardict config is not working

I set Stardict to autostart at startup with option -h (hidden mode) and set scanning key to Alt+Ctrl (translates word if select text and press Alt+Ctrl). My problem is sometimes Stardict's config is ...
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How I can apply the same effect to multiple pictures at the same time by GIMP?

If I have many pictures and want to do the same effect or the same change to all these pictures by GIMP,Is there is easier method to do this instead of applying the effect to the pictures picture by ...
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Changing default application

I have recently installed Sublime text 2 and I must say it's one of the best text editors I've ever used or even seen in use. So I managed to install everything and added to the unity menu and also ...
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Default gnome browser opens start page

Irritatingly, when I click a link in an application (I use Quassel), firefox opens the default start page. I have a somewhat non-standard configuration setup. I am using a nightly build of firefox, ...
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Music lens does not play music through default music player

I have set Rhythmbox as my default music player through System Settings > Details, but when I browse and play music from the Unity dash, Banshee opens up and plays the music. How can I have Rhythmbox ...
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Default App for opening videos is SMPlayer, then why videos are being opened in Movie Player?

I prefer smplayer over the movie-player to view videos on my 12.04.1. So I have set the default application for opening the videos as 'smplayer' under "Default Applications>>Video" . But the ...
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How do I get .xcf files to open in GIMP instead of Inkscape by default?

For some reason, whenever I double-click a .xcf file in Nautilus or open it from the Dash, the file tries to load in Inkscape (with an error message) instead of in GIMP by default. I have both ...
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How to clean and add options to the Open With list of apps

After installing several PPAs (Wine, PoL) and opening several files with other apps (Like changing from Totem to VLC) I discovered that the Open With option had 2 problems: Many items on the list ...
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How can I replace Rhythmbox with Banshee?

I have just upgraded to 12.04 and I'm not happy that the integrated music player is once again Rhythmbox. I much prefer Banshee and would prefer to have it as the default music player in the same ...
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Why does Firefox try to use Gedit to open .deb files

I am running Firefox 15 on Ubuntu 12.04. If I go to a website with a .deb link, Firefox downloads the file, then tries to open it with gedit. If I use Nautilus to open the .deb file, it runs it in ...
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Synchronize default applications between Ubuntu installations

I want to find a way to synchronize the default application preferences for Ubuntu between multiple installations. For example, if I choose Geany as the default text editor for .js files, I want it to ...
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Google Calendar as default handler of webcal protocol for iCal/ICS files

I would like for Google Calendar to open URIs with the Webcal (wikipedia) scheme (delivering ICS files), similar to how Gmail can be set to be the default handler for mailto: links. More ...
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Default program for opening .pro Qt project files

I would like to set Qt Creator (the one which is in the Nokia Qt SDK, not the one in Canonical PPAs) as the default program to open .pro Qt project files. But it appears that my Ubuntu install (12.04 ...
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Java Not Recognized As Default Application

I just installed java according to this article, and java -version displays java version "1.7.0_07" Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.7.0_07-b10) Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build ...
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Setting different default applications for different Desktop Environments

I am using Ubuntu 12.04 with default Unity interface. I installed later the KDE desktop, XFCE, LXDE, gnome-shell and Cinnamon. The KDE comes with different default applications than Unity, such as ...
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ubuntu 12.04 how can I gain access to arbitrary applications in Nautilus' “open with” dialog [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Add custom command in the open with dialog? I want to set a filetype to be opened by a specific program other than ubuntu's default. I usually right click > properties ...
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clicking on link opens blank firefox window

i'm using firefox 14. When i click a link outside the browser it opens a new firefox window showing google.com(My home page). I have tried setting into xdg-settings set default-web-browser ...
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How do I set Guayadeque as the default music player? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: File association to unlisted application How to set the default video player? My choice of Music player is Guayadeque. It does not appear in my list of Properties/Open ...
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Set Default music player to Banshee, yet it's still Rythmbox?

I kind of have two questions, that tie into each other. I want to set Banshee as the default music player. It seems simple enough. Go to "systems settings > Details > Default Applications" and ...
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How to open file from Unity with non-default application

Say I search for a recently used screenshot via Unity dash. When I click on it, it opens with the default application, in my case the image viewer. What if I want to open it with say GIMP? There is no ...
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How to change what program Calenders are opened in

I was wondering... I have the Lightning plugin installed on Thunderbird, and I was wondering if I could have Calenders automatically opened in Thunderbird/lightning, instead of Gedit? The only reason ...
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How do I make luakit my default browser?

I tried System Settings -> Details -> Default Applications -> Web but it's not listed as a web browser. I also tried using update-alternatives, and it's listed there, but setting this doesn't seem ...
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How to run an executable file through JRE by default?

I could do it with OpenJDK, but it didn't work for my purposes so I'm using Oracle's JRE 7. I can run the jar through the terminal with java -jar filename.jar and can also right click the file and ...
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How to change file association for files opened in Dolphin from command line in GNOME?

I would like to change several default applications for files opened in Dolphin. I know I could do it manually with kcmshell4 filetypes, keditfiletype or however else but is there a way how to change ...
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Changing default software for opening video files not working - any ideas?

I used the answer to this question to change the default software for opening video files to VLC player on Ubuntu 12.04. The settings say that this is now the default player and yet whenever I play ...
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Who chooses the default programs? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How are applications selected as defaults? I was curious who decides which programs will be the default. For example thunderbird instead of evolution, or rythmbox ...
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How to change Vuze download directory?

How to make Vuze my default bittorrent program instead of Transmission and change its default download directory?
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How can I set Beatbox as default music player?

I have installed Beatbox but I can't set it as default music player in System Configuration of Gnome-shell. How can I set it manually? I add information: BeatBox can't be actually define like ...
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Which default.list should I modify for default applications and what are the differences between the two?

I would like to add miro to the default application GUI in system settings/default applications. I added ;miro.desktopnext to all rhythmbox.desktop entries eventually discovering if it was not added ...
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How do I preserve the programs I install and changes I make to a LiveUSB session?

I have made a LiveUSB Ubuntu version 12, booted it up. Works fine. The problem is, I'm not allowed to install it onto someone else's computer, but I'm fine with a USB. I know that if I install any ...