Ubuntu Linux is a free, open source operating system. Like other operating systems, Ubuntu Linux has file associations that are user-configurable. When you double-click a file in Ubuntu's file browser or on its desktop, the file launches in the default program. For example, when you double-click an image file, it launches in the default image viewer. You can change the default program files launch in by changing the file association's in the "Properties" dialogue for a file of that type.
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Open your home folder in the file browser by clicking "Places" and "Home Folder" at the top of the Ubuntu desktop.
Navigate to a folder containing files by double-clicking folder icons in the "File Browser" window. Navigate to the "Examples" folder which contains examples of common file types by double-clicking "Examples" in the "File Browser" window.
Right-click a file in the "File Browser" window and click "Properties." For example, change the file associations for .mp3 files by right-clicking an .mp3 file in the "File Browser" window and clicking "Properties."
Click the "Open With" tab at the top of the "Properties" window.
Add a program to the "Open With" list by clicking the "Add" button under the "Open With" list, clicking an application in the "Add Application" window and clicking "Add."
Change the file association for the selected file type to another program by clicking it in the "Open With" list and clicking "Close."
Reset the file association to Ubuntu's default file association by clicking the "Reset" button under the "Open With" list and clicking "Close."
Tips and warnings
- Programs in the "Open With" list appear when right-clicking a file and clicking "Open With" in the right-click menu.
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