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Old 12-08-2004, 01:16 PM   #1
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File type associations with default applications in Gnome/FC3

I remember I had a GUI tool in FC2 for administering file type associations to default applications in Gnome. After my upgrade to FC3, I cannot find that tool in the Preferences menu, as it should be according to the documentation. If I knew the name of the control panel application executable I should look for on my disk, I could run the program. OR if someone could tell me what configuration file I needed to manually edit to set default applications for each MIME type, that would work, too.

I read the thread on this subject, but it did not help. The first suggestion was to use the control panel application, which I cannot find. The second suggestion was to edit


which I did and it has not had any effect.

My simple example is application/pdf files--I want to open them from Nautilus with Acrobat Reader 5, which I have installed, but they keep opening with Gnome Ghostview 2.8.0. I can right click and Open With Acrobat, but would prefer to be abble to set proper default applications by MIME type for things that I always prefer...

Thanks--and sorry if this is duplicative of other posts--i searched extensively last night and could not resolve this with the other information given.
Old 12-09-2004, 04:24 AM   #2
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I would like to know as well.
Old 12-18-2004, 05:06 PM   #3
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Lightbulb ANSWER FOUND: Default application associations with MIME types in Gnome/FC3

I found the answer to my question on associating a default application with individual MIME types!

Unlike FC2 where there was an applet in the control panel which allowed you to set default applications for each MIME type, in FC3 you seem to do so by going into the file manager and right clicking on a file and selecting Properties. In the Properties dialogue box, there is a tab named "Open With". On that tab you can associate one or more applications with that MIME type of that file and click the radio button for one of them to indicate that it is the default. The rest will appear in the right click menu as alternative application with which to open the file. Although you set this when you have focus on a specific file, it appears to set the preference at a global level for all files of the MIME type.

Hope this helps other who may have been lost as I was. Pays to play around with you machine a little in an undirected fashion--that's how I stumbled upon the answer to my own question!
Old 12-25-2004, 06:28 PM   #4
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Thanks for your help... I kinda was trying to figure this out myself.


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