The default application is the one you open a file with on doubleclick. In some cases installed programs automatically turn themselves into the default application for files you were happy with, which you might want to change. To do that, rightclick a file of the chosen format and choose Open With... -> Other Application or Open With Other Application:

, Change Default Application to Open Files (Linux Mint)

On the window that opens, choose an application or command and check the Remember this application for "..." files checkbox to apply your selection for all files of the same format:

, Change Default Application to Open Files (Linux Mint)

Hit Open afterwards.

Change Default Application to Open Files (Linux Mint)
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4 thoughts on “Change Default Application to Open Files (Linux Mint)

  • June 29, 2016 at 10:36 am

    I don’t get offered a list just the existing default application and the chance to browse. The problem with browsing is that I don’t know where the application I want is located or what name / symbol the application has. I can list them: e.g. by searching for “Deluge” and get a long list back with some applications – none of which appear to be the required “Deluge” application (although they are called application) and none of which results in Deluge opening.

    • March 13, 2019 at 5:05 pm

      This works in Mint 19.1:
      – right-click the file to be opened and select ‘Properties’ ; not ‘Open With Other Application’
      – in ‘Properties’ select the tab ‘Open With’
      – then select your preferred application
      – click lower-right corner on ‘Set as default’
      Cheers, Mark

  • July 10, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    I’ve got a problem with Opera trying to use VLC to “show in folder” when I click on a downloaded file. Any ideas?

  • February 17, 2020 at 11:33 am

    I see in the list many options double or even triple displayed. Tried Wine for a short time, uninstalled it and now find many Wine apps that I cannot use nor remove.

    How to get that Remove button activated?


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