In short: In this guide, geared to new users of Ubuntu, I will explain how to change the default applications.

Install, for example,  VLC media player is, for me, one of the first things to do after installing Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus . Then it imposed VLC to make it the default application, as' doing every time I open a video it will start with my favorite media player.

A new Ubuntu user must be able to set all the applications you prefer to open files, this tutorial will explain 'how to proceed.

Change the default app in Ubuntu

The two methods that I will show you 'later are valid on Ubuntu 12.04, Ubuntu 14.04 and, of course, on Ubuntu 16.04. You can follow one of two paths:

  1. system settings
  2. right click menu

1) System settings

Go to the Unity Dash and search your system settings ' System Settings ':


Once in System Settings , click on 'Details option':


After clicking on details, in the left panel, select the 'Default Applications'. You'll see the option to change the default app on the right panel.


As you can see there are only a few applications that can be changed here. You can change the default settings for the web browser, email client, for the calendar, for music, for video and photos. And other applications?

Do not worry, for the other applications you need to go to method two.

2) Right-Click Menu

If you've used Windows should be at the current option ' open with ' that allows you just to open a file with a program of your choice in the list of eligible candidates. There is also something very similar in Ubuntu.

Double click the file type for which you want to change the application that opens it by default and open " property " or " properties ":


Then go in the submenu 'Open with' to select the application to use by default:


Done! All in all the procedure is simple or not?

I hope that the procedure will be proved useful, if you have doubts or questions you can leave a comment in the box below!



Unity 8 will not be the destkop environment by default in Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety Yak according to the team development   but will be available in a session alternative.


After the release of Ubuntu 16.04 with still aboard Unity 7 , many hoped that the next version of the operating system Canonical would embrace the most modern and innovative Unity 8 along with the display server Mir , relegating their predecessor in a well-deserved retirement.

Unfortunately, the team development has denied the rumors about it during the opening of ' Ubuntu Online Summit which is taking place this week through a series of Google Hangouts , Ubuntu 16.10 will still Unity 7 as a desktop environment by default.

However, all is not lost for those who are fed up of waiting. Unity 8 and Mir will still be available as alternatives sessions from the screen login , allowing everyone to try it.

This move indicates as Canonical is still uncertain about the stability of the new interface developed by them and he did not feel the promise that the project will reach a  mature enough to replace Unity 7  in less than six months. While on a few devices specific as tablets and phones you can weed out bugs and problems of compatibility in each case, the most diverse market PC is a very different fish to fry.

What to expect from Unity 8 Yakkety Yak?

Despite the reluctance to affidarvisi completely, Canonical still has scheduled several objectives that aims to achieve by October to bring Unity 8 to its final release.

First there will be the feature parity with Unity 7 , very significant achievement that involves improving the management of  monitor multiple, more windows in desktop mode and other news.

In addition, Canonical is proposed many changes  including:

  • The porting of 'Ubuntu UI Toolkit' from QML to C++
  • The integration of driver support Vulkan/Khronos in Mir
  • Add support to global menu in applications X of Unity 8
  • And in general the various adjustments to the experience of the desktop " converged " who aim for years.

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