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Add custom command in the open with dialog? - Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial

I am trying to associate .fig files (generated by MATLAB) so that I can open them easily by double clicking them. An easy way of doing that in Ubuntu versions before 16.04 is to use the custom command ...
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I want to set the default document viewer, but cannot change ImageMagick [duplicate]

Set default document Viewer but no change ImageMagick(display). I'm trying, but I can not change. Problem screenshot
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How can I manually change the default web browser? [closed]

Firefox is not showing in system-settings - system info. So I cannot use the menu to choose it. Is there a config file or something I can edit to make Ubuntu aware that Firefox exists on my system, ...
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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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How to open mp4 with Chrome?

You know, we can drag the mp4 movie to Chrome to play it. I want to open it with Chrome as default. But I can't find google-chrome at the "Other Application", as I can find the Firefox there. How ...
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Where to change how xdg-open opens urls? sync with kde-open?

kde-open "http://askubuntu.com/" is nice, and opens the URL in my webbrowser but xdg-open "http://askubuntu.com/" opens the link in my texteditor :-( I know where I find the file-association in ...
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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, I'...
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What is the basis behind default installed applications? [duplicate]

well there are many packages and applications installed by default in Ubuntu, which some relate to old choices made by Canonical like using Unity and stuff like that. But I'm wondering about the ...
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How to associate ARFF files with Weka by defualt?

Opening the ARFF files in Mac and Windows opens the data file in Weka by default. But it seems like I couldn't do the same in Ubuntu. I have to go through the trouble of opening Weka separately and ...
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How to change default application for XML files?

I have Ubuntu 15.10 So changing the default application for XML files gets immediately overridden by the default browser and does not keep the changes. How do you set Gedit as the default ...
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Replace Ubuntu MATE default apps with GNOME ones

I recently installed Ubuntu MATE and I want to replace default MATE apps with GNOME ones like this: Caja to Nautilus Pluma to Gedit MATE terminal to GNOME terminal ...
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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 do I set Netbeans as the default for .js files

I have Netbeans 8.1 installed on my computer and works well as the default for php and css files but can't set it as the default editor for javascript files. Any ideas?
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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 kate as default for opening html files

I am on kubuntu 14.04 LTS I am unable to set kate as default application to open html files. I have tried three GUI options: 1) right click > open with > others > kate > remember file type ...
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How to set vlc to be the default player for .avi files

I'm using ubuntu 15.04. I installed VLC and want it to be the default player for all video files including .avi files. I tried all the recommended methods but nothing works. Here is what I already ...
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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 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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Does Unity Tweak Tool still have support for selecting default applications?

I read that the default applications can be set in Unity Tweak Tool. But where is it, which panel? Has the project stopped giving support for this functionality ? Please add screenshots for users to ...
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Downloaded bin files are opened in Sublime

When I download a bin file in Firefox, the default option is to open the downloaded file in Sublime, which is useless. How can I disable this?
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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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Default [GUI] Text editor in Ubuntu, without touching defaults.list or setting default program for each individual file extension

While the question of how one can change the default text editor is one that got asked at least a couple of times around here, I am looking for an answer that respects the following restrictions: ...
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is it possible to open files with a custom script by default?

I've created some scripts to run google chrome and other applications on ubuntu 14.04 using certain arguments. The problem is that when the program is executed for instance by double clicking a .html ...
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Where do I place programs? [duplicate]

I recently downloaded Eclipse from their Website and now I got a directory with all of eclipses' information (executeable, png's, etc.) on my Desktop. My question is, where do I have to put this ...
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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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ubuntu 15.10 default editor doesn't work for sftp remote files

I installed a different text-editor in Ubuntu 15.10 but nautilus (and nemo) still open files with gedit... In the "file properties" -> "Open with" there is already setted as default. I'm trying 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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Changing default crontab editor

I am trying to change the default editor from nano to vim. I have run the following commands: sudo update-alternatives --config editor and update-alternatives --config editor Both now output: ...
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How do I set Thunar as my default file manager in 15.04?

I would like to set Thunar as my default file manager in 15.04. Now, I realize that this question is very similar to Trying to set Thunar as a default file manager in Ubuntu 12.04, but I have tried ...
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Setting python IDLE as default editor for python scripts

I'm using ubuntu 14.04 LTS and I have installed both python 2.7 and python 3.4 . I have tried everything here How do I set IDLE as the default editor for Python scripts? but its not working. Can ...
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update-alternatives arguments - <link> and <path> can't be the same

I want to add vimb to the default browsers in x-www-browser. I don't see it in update-alternatives --config x-www-browser, so I think I have to --install it. After some time spent in reading man ...
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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 set the default program to open a certain file type in a certain folder?

As well as being a Panda I am also an artist, I make my artwork mostly in GIMP and save my pictures to a certain directory on my computer. However I have a slight inconvenience because I save my ...
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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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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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Google Chrome does not open links from other applications [duplicate]

When I click on links in mails or Twitter, my default browser, which is Google Chrome, opens, but it always only displays the Google Chrome welcome page, not the link. I found that this is set in my ...
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How to set default program via config file (and have it run automatically)?

On GNOME under Ubuntu 14.04, I need to set the default program to be launched when a blank CD is inserted. However, this must be done by modifying the appropriate configuration file -- I cannot use a ...
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Why do PDF documents open with ImageMagick?

Query shows evince is my default handler. But, double clicking a pdf file opens ImageMagick. A pdf file's Properties shows ImageMagick as the default handler. Why is this happening ? After ...
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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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Determining non-base install applications?

I'm typically booted to Lubuntu. As I find myself using AskUbuntu more and more, I find myself further and further from the stock installation. I prefer to give complete answers. I do not want to tell ...
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How to make “open in terminal” in the right click menu use terminator instead gnome terminal?

I have set the default terminal emulator to terminator using update-alternatives and I can open terminator now with ctrl-alt-t but when I use the right click menu on the desktop or in a folder it will ...
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How to change a file's default program

I accidentally set a .desktop file to always open in kate, and meant to execute it. How do I change the default program? Sorry if this has been asked before or is an easy fix, I am fairly new to ...
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how to associate a file type “sh3d” with an application Sweet Home 3D?

I installed Sweet Home 3D from Ubuntu Software Center. Application is shown in a list of installed aplication and it could be run from launcher. Default file type of the program is ".sh3d". Ubuntu 14....
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Open directory with an item selected

What I want to do is, open default file browser(nautilus) with an item selected. i.e From Google chrome > Downloads, if I click show in folder, it should open default file browser with downloaded ...
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How to report a bug of default “Document Viewer” in ubuntu 14.04?

I have been using a default "Document Viewer" in ubuntu heavily in last 2-3 weeks. I have noticed an irregular behaviour while adding a bookmark of particular type. I am pretty new to ubuntu ...
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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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What is the default software to play single audio files?

As far as I know, Ubuntu ships Rhythmbox as the default proper music player for a library collection. What is the default software to play single audio files straight from a folder? By default, ...
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Making file size-dependent editor (for the same mimetype)

I have some really large files in my drive as Data. My default editor is gedit. I wish to know if I can change my default editor to something else like say glogg, for files above a certain threshold ...
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What is your favorite HexEditor? [closed]

What are the most available open source GUI hex-editor for the Ubuntu LTS 14.04 Desktop? I have HexEdit running on OS X, and am looking for something similar. A bit more modern perhaps, with good ...
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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 ...