How to change default PDF file viewer [SOLVED]

All Gurus once were Newbies
Forum rules
There are no such things as "stupid" questions. However if you think your question is a bit stupid, then this is the right place for you to post it. Please stick to easy to-the-point questions that you feel people can answer fast. For long and complicated questions prefer the other forums within the support section.
Before you post please read this

How to change default PDF file viewer [SOLVED]

Postby ron_h on Tue Jun 17, 2014 7:23 pm

LMDE 201403 Cinnamon 64 bit

UPDATED to spell out problem a bit more, and the solution.

I have installed Okular and it has extra function to that provided by Document Viewer, the default PDF file viewer on my LMDE system.

If I double-click a PDF file, Document Viewer opens it. If I right click on a PDF file, the first option is to open with Document Viewer, The second option on a right click is to Open with
- GIMP
- Okular
- Print Preview
- Other application

If I select Okular the file opens fine, but the default stays as Document Viewer.

If I select Other application it opens another window called 'Open With' which allows me to set a different default.

The Open With window shows
- Default : Document Viewer
- Recommended : GIMP
- Other : a list of apps which however does NOT include Okular, nor in fact Print Preview both of which are secondary 'open with' apps as shown above

I tried to add Okular to the list (I assumed of Other apps) but it didn't work. That's because the list it refers to is the list of secondary 'open with' apps, I discovered. I cleaned that up by resetting to System Default.

However when I specified Okular and clicked on 'Set as default' it worked fine.

I now have Okular as the default PDF file viewer. That is, first choice on right click, or when I double-click, Okular opens PDF file.

Ron

I'm leaving this thread in the forums, as it may be useful to another newbie !
ron_h
Level 3
Level 3
 
Posts: 180
Joined: Tue Apr 15, 2014 7:03 am
Location: Sydney, NSW, AU

Linux Mint is funded by ads and donations.
 

Return to Newbie Questions

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 8 guests