How do I update software that I installed with a downloaded .deb file in ubuntu software center?

When I open the downloaded file in software center I can only choose to remove the software and install it again. That works, but is this the way to go?

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    Indeed, there is no standard procedure for updating software installed directly from a .deb file, which is why you should prefer installing software from repositories (including ppas) or self contained packages with update functionality (snap or flatpak). – Bruni Mar 2 at 17:04
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    In this case, I use gdebi to install it from the new .deb and it writes over the existing install. So far, so good. I only do this with a couple of pieces of software, however. – KGIII Mar 2 at 22:00

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