In Ubuntu, files such as MP4s and PDFs are set to open with the pre-installed media player or PDF viewer. Here’s how to change these default apps in Ubuntu.
Ubuntu pre-assigns default apps for various file types and tasks, such as emailing and text editing. However, you can easily modify these default configurations to suit your requirements and use the app of your choice.
We’ll cover two ways to change the default apps in Ubuntu. These methods help you control system behavior while working with files and tailor your Ubuntu PC to your needs.
1. Change default apps in Ubuntu settings
Options in system settings allow you to change some of the default apps. Let’s see what it offers.
Open setting, in the app drawer.Then scroll down the left sidebar and click default application.
inside default applicationlets you choose default apps for each category, such as a Linux browser for the web, a better Linux mail client for email, or a Linux music player app for music. Make sure you have the right app installed to set as default.
The first method has fairly limited options, so to change the default app you have to use the other method, the right-click context menu. Method is as follows.
Right-click a file with a specific file extension, such as “..pdf“, I want to change the default app. Then click property in the context menu.
now go to Open with tab, select the app you want to use as default, Set as default.[プロパティ]Close the window and you are almost done.
Use the Right App for Each File Type in Ubuntu
Changing the default app allows you to customize your user experience and use a more powerful or feature-rich app as your default. Note that these changes apply only to the current user, so you’ll need to repeat the same process for all users.
If you have command line experience and consider yourself a power user of Ubuntu, there is an easy way to do the same.