Choose the Apps Linux Uses by Default – Preferred App

Ways to change default program on Linux, Choose the Apps Linux Uses by Default with Preferred App on Linux Mint. A default program is the program that Linux Mint uses when you open a particular type of file, such as a music file, an image, or a webpage. For example, you might have more than one music player app installed on your PC. You can choose one of them to be the default app that starts whenever you open a music file.

How to Open the Preferred Applications on Linux

Open Preferred App by clicking the Start Menu >> Preferences >> Preferred Applications
A window will appear such as below and has two tabs:

1. Preferred Applications

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On the “Preferred Applications” tab you can make changes to default program on Linux. Here you can configure which program to open website, mail, text editor, music file, video file, photo, and Terminal which is used.

You can select your program from drop down lists as you want. Please select a program which is light and consuming less memory and CPU.

2. Removable Media

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This “Removable media” tab on Linux allow you to configure removable media behavior on Linux Mint. You can also disable auto run program on Linux by make the prompt become OFF.

Okay guys there is no OK or Apply button here. Just select configuration as you want and it will apply to your system.

How to Change Default Program on Linux Mint Manually

That ways only cover a small range of files and program. If you have a file which is not associated with any Linux program or the mime type of your Linux installed program not configured properly you can set the default program manually by do these following:

  1. Right click on the file you want to associate
  2. Click on Open with >> Other Application…
  3. The “Open with” window will appear such as below:
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Now you can set any program you wanted, to open the file. You should know which program do you used to open so that your program will not crash.