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
    Commented Mar 2, 2021 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
    Commented Mar 2, 2021 at 22:00
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    Does this answer your question? How do I install applications in Ubuntu? Commented Mar 28, 2022 at 9:08

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I used the command line : sudo dpkg -i and the downloaded deb file name.
The output confirms it's installing a new version over the current one.

$ sudo dpkg -i file.deb 
[sudo] password for user: 
(Reading database ... 8008135 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to unpack file.deb ...
Unpacking software (new_version) over (current_version) ...

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