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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 ...
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Is there a way to find out whether an updated program/package lands in the official Ubuntu release repositories?

If there is a new release/major update of a program (e.g. Rhythmbox 2.97, Skype 4.0 or Gimp 2.8), is there an easy way to tell whether and when they will make it to the current official Ubuntu release ...
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How to set the default video player?

How to set default video player 12.04 (and other default app's) I try search system settings but can't find. (((
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Short of a clean install, is there anyway to revert everything back to the original packages and settings?

I have an a few machines that I was planning to run in a cluster, but have decided after some testing to configure them differently. The partitions and Ubuntu install are still as I want them, but it ...
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How do I make meshlab the default viewer for stl files?

I use a RepRap open source desktop 3D printer. I often find it difficult to understand what .stl files represent, so I need to visualize them to find the file I want to print. I want to use meshlab ...
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External links opening in the non-default browser

I have set Firefox as default web application in Ubuntu, but external links (like clicking a link in Pidgin) still get opened with Opera. Does anyone have a clue on how to fix this? Thanks.
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Is there any way to force Dropbox to open the Dropbox folder in a file manager other than Nautilus?

I'm using Ubuntu 12.04, with both PCManFM and Nautilus installed. I've succesfully set the default file manager to PCManFM: I've accomplished that by doing the following steps: Right-clicking a ...
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Accidentally uninstalled most of my programs… help? [closed]

I did an 'apt-get remove' on a whole bunch of packages including zip, curl, libx11-dev, libglib2.0-dev, etc. and, after I did that, nearly all of my applications have silently disappeared (I believe ...
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How can I start videos/music in my preferred player and not the default one using Dash?

I have Ubuntu 12.04 installed and VLC is configurated as my standard video player, Clementine for audio. Works fine when I start a video or audio in Nautilus. But whenever I start a video from Dash ...
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How to unlock “Add” and “Set as default” in the “Open With” tab of a files' properties

In Ubuntu 12.04 with Unity 2D, it appears as though you can set the default program for any file (type) by right-clicking the file -> Properties -> Open With -> Set as default. However the "Set as ...
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How to set Iron as default web browser in Unity2D?

I use Iron as my default browser, but in Unity i did not found the place, where i could set it as default for my user. In System settings is Preferred Applications, but in list of web browsers is just ...
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What does changing the default aplications list do? [closed]

There is a list of default applications in system configuration > details. I changed the default video application from the movie player Totem to VLC media player, but I can't see any change or ...
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open with mplayer not available for video files

I use mplayer to view my videos. However, in 12.04, after installing mplayer, I do not see open with option in preference dialog. Could you please tell me how to add mplayer to the list. I am pasting ...
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How to change the default programs that are associated with every new user that is created?

I am wondering how one would go about changing the default programs that are associated with every new user that is created. For example, Firefox is the default browser for Ubuntu 11.10. In my user ...
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Is there a way to programatically detach the built in media player from dbus?

The use case is: I want to programatically control vlc or some other media player via DBus from python as a screenlet. So in order for the other media player to register with DBus, I need to "unhook" ...
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Can Microsoft Office Programs be opened by default instead of Libre Office?

Folks. I finally convinced my sister to drop Windows at her small business and go Ubuntu. She complained, though, that she does not want to use Libre Office and is willing to use Microsoft Office ...
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How to make Vi default?

Apparently Ubuntu 11.10 uses Vim when I type vi filename How do I force Ubuntu to use Vi instead?
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Changing the default IM app away from Pidgin

Is there a way to change the default instant messaging application, in Xubuntu, so that the status icons, in the task bar, apply to a different app, like Twinkle? If not, can I remove the status ...
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How to clone an Ubuntu server install?

I have a VPS with MediaTemple and would like to clone the base-system OS that they install, I have got a full packages list that is installed by default here: ...
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Unity links to USB drives do not open nautilus

Whenever I press my usb drives in the unity launcher, I get the folder opened with gitk instead of with nautilus. The same happens when I connect them to the computer. How do I fix this? This is ...
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How to make Abiword default in 11.10?

In earlier releases I could do that by right-clicking on a document file, going to Properties -> Open With and selecting Abiword, but in 11.10 I can't see Abiword as an option. How can I now make it ...
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How can I change the default text editor from gedit to vim?

How can I change the default text editor from gedit to vim? When I click on a text file, I want it to open in vim under the terminal instead of gedit.
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How to set Default Web Browser, Mail Client, Video Player & Music Player in the system

I am trying to find the option that sets, for the whole system the default Web Browser, Mail Client, Video Player and Music Player instead of having to do it for each type of file. I knew where the ...
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How to make Spotify the default music player?

"Spotify for linux" doesn't show up in default applications menu for Music (system info section in system settings). Therefore, it also doesn't come in Dash and music media keys don't work as well. ...
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Why does myPhpAdmin open in a different browser to the one that is set as default?

I have 3 browsers installed on my Ubuntu 11.10, Chrome, Firefox and Opera. First I had the problem that Software Center did not respect my default browser choice. I fixed that by running: sudo ...
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How do I set a wine program (ex. Foxit Reader for Windows) as the default program?

I regularly annotate pdf files and unfortunately there is no good linux pdf reader that supports decent annotations. Evince has a very rudimentary and buggy annotation feature. So I'm stuck using a ...
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How can I open .TC extensions in Truecrypt by default and mount automatically? [closed]

I have Truecrypt installed on my Ubuntu 64 bit machine and I have many Truecrypt partitions that I share with friends. Its not always convenient to: Open truecrypt > browse to the file and then ...
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How can I make PCManFM open plain text files with Leafpad by default in Lubuntu?

When I'm using PCManFM, I sometimes do the following. I right-click in an empty place in ~/, and choose Make new... --> Empty File. I type some text in it, like 'blabalballabl', and then I save it, ...
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How to set VLC as default video player?

Can't seem to set VLC as the default video player. I have gone to System Settings -> System Info -> Default Applications, and changed "Video" to VLC media player. However, all movies still open with ...
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How to Change the music player in the Unity Panel - The Default is Banshee [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I change the Sound Menu's default music player? From what I know, A music player requires an extension with a MPRIS2 spec to be listed in the drop down menu ...
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How to set default program?

Can anyone help me on how to set the default program that I use? I have tried to open System Info --> Default Program -> change my program, but it won't work, Any idea? Or should I use the Terminal? ...