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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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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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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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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How can I add a package to the default installation of Ubuntu?

I want to add the xclip package as default package in Ubuntu. When I install Linux then xclip package should also be installed with it. How can I do it?
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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 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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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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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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Xubuntu/precise: default programs chaos

I'm using xubuntu "precise". I have set up my preferred applications (Settings/Preferred-Applications or $ exo-preferred-applications): web browser: chromium mail reader: thunderbird file manager: ...
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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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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 automatically lock screen on closing the lid and keep programs running (not sleep) on HP Laptop

I wanted to keep my apps running but get the screen secured when I close the lid. I did not want to get into sleep mode as this blocked my downloads and my running music. Also, I was lazy enough that ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 does not allow changing default calculator?

I created a custom shortcut in Keyboard->Shortcuts and set it opens qalculator app. Then I assigned to it the keyboard Calculator key. Ubuntu asked me if I want to replace the original app and ...
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recognize installed application

I've a problem to make Ubuntu 13.10 to recognize my installed program. I've installed Blender 3d from the site instead of USC and I've created the .desktop file. All run good but when I tried to open ...
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Ubuntu 13.04 opens disks and directories in the browser instead of in Nautilus

for example, when I plug in my external hard drive, google-chrome opens file:///media/atj/TOSHIBA%20EXT/ When in sublime text Open Containing Folder opens the folder in the browser too. Any clue to ...
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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 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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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 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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How to open .doc file using king office writer as default?

I downloaded King's Office .tar.xz file. Extracted it. I am able to run writer and open files by browsing for the .doc file. I am not able to set the default application to king wps(writer) for doc ...
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LXDE preferences lacks Default Applications applet

I've just installed LXDE under Ubuntu 14.04 and I'm finding it much more agreeable. One of the few problems is the fact that the network status widget/panel doesn't show up. I've read this is a ...
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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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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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Sudoku doesn't work, probable sys.path error

As the title suggests, the default sudoku game doesn't work anymore. I used to use it quite frequently however, after a break when i tried to run it again, it doesn't open. If I search for Sudoku on ...
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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 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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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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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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Make Gmusicbrowser default music player

This program doesn't appear in the "Default applications" > "Music" menu at "System settings" > "Details". I know that is posible to manually set every audio format to open with it. But is there a way ...
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How can I open gliffy diagrams by double clicking?

I installed a program "Gliffy" as a Google Chrome app. It saves it's diagrams as *.gliffy files. I'm wondering if I could set things up so that I can double click on this *.gliffy file and it opens ...
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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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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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Which program to use for viewing mulitplex jpg and mp4 360x360 photosphere files?

TL;DR - Which program to use for viewing mulitplex jpg and mp4 360x360 photosphere files? Bublcam provides http://www.bublcam.com/products/bublcam Photosphere Videos and Photos in Multiplex format as ...
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How to open a file in default application but don't open a new instance if not necessary

What's the command in Ubuntu Linux that's equivalent to open and open -n in Mac OS X? In Ubuntu, I usually use gnome-open file xdg-open file to open a file with the default program/application for ...
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how to start hbase master using java code in ubuntu

We made a .bat file by using the following code #! /bin/sh /home/burhan/hbase-0.94.15/bin/start-hbase.sh /home/burhan/hbase-0.94.15/bin/hbase shell The above code is run ...
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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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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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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: ...