For questions concerning the default programs Ubuntu uses to open different file types or handle certain tasks, particularly how to configure them.

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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? ...
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Changing default applications to something other than what's in the drop-down lists [closed]

How can I change my default applications in Oneiric to a custom application (not on the list in system info)? I'm not talking about the default applications to open filetypes - I mean the ones that ...
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Changing default applications doesn't work in system settings or on file types

Despite several attempts at a solution, I still can't change the default applications in Ubuntu 11.10. If I change them in system settings they revert back as soon as I close the dialogue. Next time I ...
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In KDE, how can I make totem the lowest priority program in all associated file types

I just installed the ubuntu-desktop package on Kubuntu to try out unity, but now all my file associations have been stolen from my (painstakingly optimised) defaults (amarok, k3b, dragon player) to ...
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Installing Xubuntu recommended apps

I recently installed Xubuntu over my Ubuntu 11.10 installation (I sometimes can't stand Unity) without installing the recommended applications. How can I now install them?
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How do I get an application to appear as a choice in update-alternatives?

I separately installed the Firefox Beta and Alpha channels, and have desktop configuration files pointing to them in ~/.local/share/applications. However, stable Firefox is being used as my default ...
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Open With > Shell Command gone AND the ability to “always open with…” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: File / Application asociation using a custom command is gone? This question is sort of asked here, and no real answer is provided. There is a work around to get the ...
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How can I make SWF files be opened with the standalone player?

I have installed the standalone Flash debug player to /usr/lib/flashplayerdebugger and I can now use it to test within Flash Builder (Eclipse), but I can't make an SWF open with it from Nautilus. If ...
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How do I set IDLE as the default editor for Python scripts?

I would like to set IDLE as the default editor for python scripts, but when I click on "open with application" and hit the dropdown to show more applications it isn't an option. Here's exactly what ...
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How do I integrate Songbird with the desktop?

I would like to know if I can have a better integration of Songbird into Unity and Gnome. Specifically, can Songbird: be controlled through the panel sound menu, like Banshee in Ubuntu 11.10? show ...
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Why is Rhythmbox becoming the default (again)?

So, it seems with 12.04, they're switching back to Rhythmbox, after switching from Rhythmbox a year ago. I don't get why. They say that it's because of a blocking bug in GTK3# (if I understand that ...
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How to make the GNOME Music Player Client (GMPC) my prefered ubuntu music player application?

How can make GMPC my default music program and integrate it with the unity top-bar just as rhythmbox or Banshee? Thank you, Pedro
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How do I set SQLite data browser as the default application for .sqlite3 files?

When I try to open a .sqlite3 file, I get the following error: There is no application installed for SQLite3 database files When trying to select a default application, the SQLite database browser ...
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How do I get Ubuntu to open folders with Nautilus by default?

After upgrading to Ubuntu 11.10, I once right-clicked on a folder and told it to open the folder with Movie Player ("Open with other application..."). No harm done there, right? Nope, now Ubuntu ...
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How do I stop gedit from opening anything?

I use gVim all the time and open all sorts of plain text files, source codes and virtually anything that is readable with gVim. Ubuntu however decides that I should use gedit! I got searching and I ...
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Creating .desktop files to use on the “Open with other application” tab

I am looking for the specs necessary to build a .desktop file to be used in Ubuntu 11.10. Many terminal applications or even GUI application do not show on Open with other application tab anymore and ...
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Change default application to open file in Oneiric [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where is “open with…” in Nautilus? In Oneiric, the "Open with other application..." menu in Nautilus only allows to select one of the predefined ...
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Is there an easy way to change filetype association?

After the upgrade to 11.10 I've had the problems that all music-files would open with banshee, which then crashed all folders would open with konsole The first problem I after installation of ...
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How to customize/remove the home lens of the dash?

Question 1) The dash always open on a home (“shortcuts”) tab (“lens“). I don't have any need for it (browser and e-mail client manually installed, no virtual music player, no photo manager…). Is ...
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Where can I set the default programs?

Where can I set the default programs/applications on Ubuntu 11.10 in order to set VLC as the default video player (and not manually associate each file format with VLC)? I'm on GNOME Shell.
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How to assign a Vim as the default program for a file type and run it in maximized terminal?

I want to assign a terminal based program as a default program in Gnome Shell 3.2. I am running Ubuntu 11.10. More specifically, I want my .txt files to open in vim with maximized Gnome Terminal. ...
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Applications missing in “other applications list” - How to change default application?

I am running Ubuntu 11.10/64 bit with Unity 3D on a Intel® Core™ i5-2400 CPU @ 3.10GHz × 4 computer. I am currently trying to use texstudio as the default application for opening *.tex files, but I ...
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How can I open the Applications and Files lenses from command line?

Can someone tell me if there is a application or script that can be called from the terminal screen that will bring up the Find Applications or Find Files window that comes up when you click the More ...
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How to change Gnome Shell calendar default application?

In Gnome shell calendar menu, when I click on "Open Calendar" it tries to open Evolution - even if it's not installed - Is it possible to change the default calendar? P.S. Gnome shell Calendar ...
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“Permission denied” error when changing the default applications

I'm trying to change the default applications in Ubuntu 11.10 and I fail to do so. I go to system info > default applications and I make some changes. If I close and reopen the system info window, ...
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Making Google Calendar and Gmail the “Default Applications” for calendar and mail

I wish to integrate the Gmail and Google Calendar web interfaces with Unity. This means several things. In System Info > Default Applications set firefox 'https://mail.google.com/mail/?shva=1#inbox' ...
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Unable to choose default application

I just upgraded to Ubuntu 11.10 and wanted to set up .z4 files so that they would be opened by gargoyle-free (as an example) although gargoyle-free is not an option in the default application list ...
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How do I change the default browser that konsole opens URLs with?

I have google-chrome set as my default web browser in Ubuntu and gnome applications. However, when using konsole, all links open in konqueror, and not google-chrome! I've tried setting the default ...
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How to change the default program for pdf (only for current user)

On Ubuntu 10.10 I would like to change my default pdf viewer to acroread. I do not have sudo privilidges, so I want to make this change for my own user only. Acroread is already installed.
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How to stop Thunar being default file browser

On a relatively new 11.04 installation Thunar has become the default file browser simply by using it! Whilst I can open Nautilus easily enough, I'd rather it remained as the default, especially when ...
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Did Ubuntu move from installing an MTA by default to not installing an MTA by default?

I recently set up a new computer with Ubuntu 11.04 amd64, set up as a desktop. I hadn't got around to setting up an email client to read system mail, and I was curious what unread mail might have ...
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How do I set a “custom” browser as default in Preferred Applications

I'm trying to set up Conkeror as my default browser. However, in the Preferred Applications menu, this is not an option, nor do I see a method of inputting a custom setting/command. Does anyone know ...
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Where is the difference between using `pdfimages` from poppler-utils and using the one provided by xpdf-utils for image extraction?

I need to extract a bunch of images from a PDF file. pdfimages should do the job. When trying to install, I got two alternatives poppler-utils and xpdf-utils so i wonder, whicht to choose. Where are ...
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What is the Ubuntu “built in virus protection”?

At ubuntu.com there is this "only in ubuntu" that says "Built in virus protection": What is the Ubuntu built it protection? What is the program in charge of this and how does it work?
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Change default 'Open with' for document folder [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Change default “open with” for Documents directory Sorry I meant my Documents Folder opens with VLC and not VCR as I said in my previous question.
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Change default “open with” for Documents directory

My Documents directory is automatically open with vlc. How can I change this so that I can see my .doc files in Ubuntu 11.04?
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How do I change the Sound Menu's default music player?

I'm running Maverick at the moment and the default music player is Rhythmbox. It interfaces with the panel through the sound menu, so you can see it playing like this: I know that, in Natty, ...
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Using gnome-open to open pdf files

I configured evince to be my default application to open pdf files (using Open with... and clicking on always opening pdf files with this application), but when I type gnome-open foo.pdf instead of ...
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How to run a custom set of programs in a specific workspace?

I use several workspaces in order to have different context for different works. Therefore, I run the same set of applications in the same workspace repeatedly. And also I run the same application in ...
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Will Ubuntu 11.10 uses GNOME 3 apps with Unity interface?

Apps as nautilus, system settings, etc...
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How do I make vim the default graphical text editor?

While trying to make vim default instead of gedit, I found this could be done two ways: Use defaults.list and make text/plain (and others) point to vim.desktop (what is the format for creating ...
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Why do the default Applications in Ubuntu always change?

In version 9.10 they replaced Pidgin with Empathy In version 10.10 F-spot was replaced with Shotwell In the next version Gnome will be replaced with Unity Rhythmbox will be replaced by Banshee ...
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How to default to newest version of Python? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I make the terminal run python 3.1? I am using Ubuntu 10.10 and just installed Python 3.1 but entering python on my Gnome Terminal gets me Python 2.6 . How to fix ...
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How to set GMail as default Mail Application [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can I make links to email addresses open Gmail instead of Evolution? Is it possible to set the Default Mail Application to be GMail within Firefox? Currently, every ...
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what is the nm-applet and why does it take so much memory?

I was wondering why my memory useage was so high, what is this thing that take a whopping 1.2GB of memory. Please and thank you.
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Is Apache server part of default installation?

I have a running apache2 server on my computer. As I do not use it as a server, can I remove it safely (to save RAM, boot-up time, etc.) or is it still useful (like part of Ubuntu default ...
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Any way to get a fresh ubuntu desktop without re-installing?

I don't want to wipe my hard drive. I just want to get rid of all the extra software I've installed over time, and return to a prisitine, default system.
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How can I change the default program for viewing pictures and photos?

or any other program while i'm at it, ubuntu built-in utilities are nice but there are better.