Prevent Thunar "Open with" to permanently change the default programme

Alex acs82 at
Fri Jul 10 21:41:39 CEST 2020

Hi all,

interesting Discussion !

As well I suffered from the same problem for a long time, until I found
that "use as default" checkbox one day :)

So I guess it is about time to improve the current UI situation in order
to prevent further frustration for new users.

Here my proposal:

Critics / concurrent suggestions are very welcome ! Ideally directly on
the issue.

(currently I cant test how it is done for other file managers .. I bet
there are already good concepts out there)



On 10/07/2020 16:09, Robert Moskowitz wrote:
> On 7/10/20 10:02 AM, Harald Judt wrote:
>> Hi,
>> Am 10.07.20 um 15:48 schrieb Lorenzo Sutton:
>> [...]
>>> There seems to be a caveat though: I cant seem to be able to
>>> eventually change
>>> that to something else. i.e. if I select the "default" checkbox for an
>>> application, then I do open with other application, select a
>>> different one and
>>> also select the "default" checkbox, the former application is kept
>>> as default?
>>> On the other hand if I edit by hand $HOME/.config/mimeapps.list and
>>> change the
>>> first instance of that mime type (i.e. its .desktop entry), that
>>> seems to work.
>>> Lorenzo.
>> It works the same way. But as for the mimeapps list, note there is
>> also a nice
>> GUI for changing default applications via settings manager -> preferred
>> applications.
> On my system, preferred applications is only for Web Browser, Mail
> Reader, File Manager, and Terminal Emulator.
> No option to set just any app by extension type.
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