Today, we have a guide targeted at beginners that will help them know how to change any default application in Ubuntu and replace them with apps of their choosing.

There are basically two methods you can use to change the default applications in Ubuntu and they are valid for all versions of Ubuntu be it Ubuntu 12.04, Ubuntu 14.04 or Ubuntu 16.04., They are: via system settings and via the right-click menu

I. Change Default Applications in Ubuntu from System Settings

Head over to Unity Dash and search for System Settings:

System settings Ubuntu

From the System Settings, click on the Details option:

System Settings detail

In here select Default Applications and you will see the option to change the default applications in the right side pane.

default application in ubuntu

As you can see above, there are just a few kinds of default applications that can be changed from here. You can change the default applications for your email client, web browser,  music, videos, calendar app, and photos here. What about other kinds of applications?

II. Change Default Applications in Ubuntu from Right Click Menu

If you have ever used Windows, you might be aware of the “open with” option in the right click menu that allows changing the default applications. We have something similar in Ubuntu Linux as well.

Right click on the file that you want to open in a non-default application. Go to properties.

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Right click and select Properties from menu

In here is where you will be able to select the application that you want to use and set it as default.

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We hope you found this tutorial helpful? Feel free to drop your questions and/or suggestions in the comments section below if you have any.

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Martins Okoi
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