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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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How do I change the default text editor?

How can I change my default text editor from gedit to Emacs?
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Is it possible to downgrade the default version of Python from my Ubuntu installation?

I have installed Ubuntu 14.04 which comes with Python 3.4 installed by default. But I wish to downgrade it to Python 3.3 for my needs. However, when I try to remove it, it also wants to remove other ...
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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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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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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 can I change file association globally?

gedit is set by default to open about any source file. I've gone through the file properties and changed default application to VIM for C and C++ files. I'd need to do this for any source file I open ...
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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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How to make Quanta plus editor as a default editor?

When I click on any file eg php file it open by default in gedit I want that it will open by default in quanta plus
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Cinnamon launches wrong application

When I put in an USB-Device cinnamon launches a totally useless App (easytag). When I uninstall it, it my filemanager gets opened but after reinstalling, it switches back to easytag. What I tried is: ...
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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 ...
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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 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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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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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 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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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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Why does xdg-open text_file differ from sudo -u me xdg-open text_file?

If I run the following command, the text file opens in my preferred editor (kate). $ xdg-open /path/to/text/file However, if I try the following, where sparhawk is my username, I get several ...
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How to set Quodlibet as default music player?

I am interested in having Quodlibet show up in the "Default Applications" menu in System Settings > Details, how can I do this?
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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 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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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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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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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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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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Can Microsoft Access files be edit in Ubuntu?

I am planning on making a new system of 6 computers for an office and wanted to use Ubuntu as the main OS. Is there a program to either convert or be able to use those files so they can be used on ...
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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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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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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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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, ...