The current Ubuntu 20.04 behavior for "Open With Other Application" seems to work differently on the Desktop compared to Files/Nautilus.

Example: I configured VS Code IDE to be the default app for text/plain mime type (~/.config/mimeapps.list):

[Default Applications]

Now, a right click -> Open with Other Application on a file foo.bat from the Desktop opens gedit without prompt, Open does not have any effect.

If I choose Show in Files, and do the same sequence, it works as expected - Open will directly open in VS Code, Open With asks for the application.

I don't really understand this behavior. How can I make Ubuntu behave the same way, regardless the environment, where the file is executed?

PS: This issue is reproducible with other applications.

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    Does this answer your question? Basic desktop actions are not available on Ubuntu 20.04 I would recommend to remove GNOMEs Hell from the computer.
    – N0rbert
    Jul 10, 2020 at 9:01
  • Thanks for the info. This is unfortunate and irritating user experience - above behavior honestly behaves more like a bug than a missing set of features in GNOME Desktop Icons.
    – bela53
    Jul 10, 2020 at 9:36
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    You can always report bug about this to launchpad and/or to GNOME GitLab. But this is very likely that this functionality will not be reimplemented in 20.04 LTS. So the solution is to switch to other DE. My favourite is MATE, your may prefer other.
    – N0rbert
    Jul 10, 2020 at 9:43


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