How to Change the Default Applications in Ubuntu 13.10

If you are like me and have more than one application for certain tasks such as browsing the web or listening to music then you may want to change your default application preferences. An example of this would be changing the default web browser from Firefox to Google Chrome. Doing this would then have Ubuntu use Google Chrome to open all web links by default. This tutorial will show you how to change your default applications in Ubuntu 13.10.

The first step to changing your default applications is to open the system settings by either using the Dash or by going to the top right corner of the screen and selecting it from the drop down system menu as shown in the screenshot below.


Once you have the system settings open you will click on “Details” under the System category as shown in the screenshot below.


You will then be able to click on Default Applications in the menu to see a list of task that you can change the default application. For example, of you want to change the application that Ubuntu uses to open a song and play it then you can do that here. Keep in mind that the application needs to be installed to be able to select it in the drop down menu.


After you change the default application in the drop down menu you will be able to open the files by default with the application you have selected. If you have any questions of comments don’t hesitate to leave a comment below. Also, if you found this tutorial helpful please like and share so that other people can find it more easily.