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Thread: Unity opening files from Dash

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    Unity opening files from Dash

    Unity is finally growing on me but there are still a few weirdnesses I can't get used to.

    I love the way that, when I type a file name in the Dash, I get a search for that file (one of my favorite GnomeDo behaviors). I don't love the fact that I can only seem to open that file in the File Browser rather than open the file directly into say, Libre Office. Is this behavior fixable?

    thomas
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    Re: Unity opening files from Dash

    It works fine for me. I click on a text document and it opens in the Gedit text editor. I click on a Libreoffice document and it will open in Libreoffice.

    Perhaps at some point you have associated those files with the File Manager. Select a file with the file manager and right click to see what it is listed to open with.

    If you want text documents to open with a text editor then you must set this by choosing Open with ... Likewise with Libreoffice documents. This is usually set up correctly but I do know that it is possible to set things up so the certain files become associated with certain applications and this can happen by accident. Fore example, PDF documents opening with a web browser and not a PDF reader.

    I am using standard Ubuntu but I think that the basic method is correct for Xubuntu.

    Regards.
    It is a machine. It is more stupid than we are. It will not stop us from doing stupid things.
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    Re: Unity opening files from Dash

    That was the first thing I thought of and checked the associations in Nautilus. Silly me, I assumed Dash was looking at the same configuration as Nautilus to get file/application associations. I even tried deleting all other possible application associations in Nautilus, re-associating files using the "Set as Default" button, etc. but all no go.

    thomas
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