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Old 03-14-2005, 04:59 PM   #1
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Associating applications in Gnome

Hi all,

You all know how you can right click on files in the file browser bringing up a "open file with ..." menu?

I'm wondering how you get the "right" application name to appear in this menu - i.e. the name of the program instead of the command which runs it.

Very specifically, I just associated .rtf files with Writer and while this association works ok - .rtf files open in Writer when I double click them - when I right click on the file the application name appears as "oowriter" in the menu.

What I want to do is change this to display "Open Office Writer" rather than "oowriter" in the menu. Anybody know how?

Old 03-14-2005, 09:21 PM   #2
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If I correctly understand your question... after right-clicking on an .rtf file ...

Instead of simply filling in the 'Open With' dialogue, go to Properties, select the 'Open With' tab, Choose 'New' ... and you'll get a dialogue that allows you to enter your own 'name'

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Old 03-14-2005, 10:17 PM   #3
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Hi Rickh,

Sort of, almost, just about the right answer so sincere thanks for the attempt

However, my query doesn't concern actually establishing the asosciations (your advice certainly works for that), but about getting the "right" name to show in the mouse menu.

My problem is that when I select Properties>Open With>Add+ and then type in the application I have to enter a system friendly application name - in this case "oowriter"

But when I do this and on "Open With" in the mouse menu it reads;

Open with "oowriter"

That's fair enough as far as it goes, but I really want it to display the human friendly

Open with " Writer"

Needless to say if I type human friendly " Writer" into the Properties>Open With>Add+ dialogue when setting up the link it is very system unfriendly and spawns an application not found message.

Any idea how to enter or edit "oowriter" so that the system reads "oowriter" but people can read " Writer"?

Thanks again,


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