[SOLVED] How to change file assoc. in Mint14>Cinnamon>Nemo

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[SOLVED] How to change file assoc. in Mint14>Cinnamon>Nemo

Postby The.Linux.Experiment on Sat Apr 20, 2013 3:49 pm

Hi,

I noticed that my fresh install comes with several programs that do the same task and some default whne i rather them not when I open a file. For example rather than having the app I want open let's say I'm in my file manager and I'm looking at video files. If I run the file it starts with totem on my machine. How do I change that file types default association to say VLC?

Thanks
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Re: How to change file associations

Postby truthlesshero on Sat Apr 20, 2013 4:02 pm

i'm somewhat new to linux mint too..but other than uninstalling the programs i didn't want, this is what i remember..which is similar to windows

right click on the file that you want to open, choose open with...then you have the option to always use that program for that type of file...

i'm not at my computer right now, but let me know if that helps or makes sense..i'll check when i get home
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Re: How to change file associations

Postby HughT on Sat Apr 20, 2013 4:13 pm

Hi The.Linux.Experiment, It's easily done. Just right click and select 'Properties' and select the tab called 'Open With' and make your selection from there. regards
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Re: How to change file associations

Postby The.Linux.Experiment on Sat Apr 20, 2013 5:18 pm

Hi guys thanks for the replies. That does change the association and open it in the program I would prefer but it doesn't seem to stick. The next time I go to use that file or a similar file of the same type its not associated with the new program. I have to believe there is a way to permanently set the default app by type rather than driving in the right click menu each time or uninstalling a secondary program that I may want to keep as backup for alternate files etc.

any other suggestions?
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Re: How to change file associations

Postby altair4 on Sat Apr 20, 2013 5:35 pm

Unless you have some objections to using the file manager from the XFCE desktop on religious grounds you might try Thunar if you want a gui way to do this:

** Install Thunar:
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sudo apt-get install thunar

** It will show up in the Menu somewhere but for the time being just launch it from the terminal:
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thunar

** Go to the file extension > Right Click > Open with > Open with other application >

You can either select one from the list or use the custom command. Don't forget to mark the "Use as default for this kind of file" box.

A file association created through Thunar will apply everywhere else.
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Re: How to change file associations

Postby slingshot on Sat Apr 20, 2013 5:40 pm

Hi,

Maybe I misunderstand this but:

system tools --> system settings --> Details --> Default applications

You can choose the applications there.
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Re: How to change file associations

Postby The.Linux.Experiment on Sat Apr 20, 2013 7:36 pm

altair4 wrote:Unless you have some objections to using the file manager from the XFCE desktop on religious grounds you might try Thunar if you want a gui way to do this:

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don't forget to mark the "Use as default for this kind of file" box.

A file association created through Thunar will apply everywhere else.


I don't have a strong objection to Thunar and that particular feature is preferable in my book over my current manager (nemo via cinnamon 14 default install) I do like alot of its other aspects of Thunar. However with that said your post got me looking further...

I figured out how to in Nemo to do this. Right click the file, don't go to open with, instead go to properties -> third tab "open with" select program and hit button at bottom right to set default program. YAY! :)
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