Set Default and Startup Applications in Ubuntu

Set Default and Startup Applications in Ubuntu

This blog will cover two basic things which can be done in Ubuntu. We don't even need to use terminal, this can be done with user interface only:

  • How to change the default applications of your system ?
  • How to add any application in startup ?

Change Default Applications

In order to change the default application, we can set change the default applications for Web Browser, Mail Calendar, Music player, Video Player and Photo Viewer. Applications to open these six types of applications can be set from the settings. To change the settings: 
  • Goto System Settings
  • Details
  • Default Appliation
    Here, on your right you can set the default applications and manipulate them as you want to.

Startup Appliations Preferences

Suppose you want your terminal application to open on startup(as your system
is on). Or you may want to enable you server right from the beginning ,or you may want to open the web browser. All those applications which run from the beginning are startup applications.You can set your desired application as a startup application. To do show:
  • On your dash screen type startup
  • Click Startup Applications
    This will lead you to the Startup Applications Preferences
  • Click Add
    Here we will add the application we want to run as startup
  • In Add Startup Program
  • Enter a name: say Guake Terminal
    Guake Terminal is also a terminal but customised. First you need to install this application. To install type sudo apt-get install guake in terminal.
  • Command Section
    In this section you will need to set the path of your application which you want to run. So you must know where the application is located. Either you can browse it(Generally most of the executables are stored in /usr/bin) or in terminal you can find the location of your application with which command. In terminal type which guake you will get the ouptut: /usr/bin/guake which is the path for executing your application. paste it in the command section.
  • Keep any description if you want and press enter
  • Next time you start your system your startup application is all set.