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Set the Default Browser and Email Client in Ubuntu

Ubuntu has a simple way to configure the default browser and mail client. Of course, Firefox is the default application for web browsing, so you shouldn’t ever need to use this screen, but if you insist, here’s how to do it.

Navigate to System \ Preferences \ Preferred Applications.

Here you can specify which application you want to use for web or email links. For instance, if you are using Thunderbird for email instead of evolution, you can change that setting here.

You can also choose to automatically open all new Firefox windows in a new tab, although that’s probably the default in Firefox 2.0.

You can also set Gmail as your default email client.

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  • Published 11/8/06

Comments (3)

  1. Quinn

    Hi,,,I have vista x64 ultimate installed and I can’t get gmail notifier to access email links it keeps going to the windows default program and I can’t change it since it doesn’t offer any other program and I have gone through the options in gmail notifier to set it as the default client however it won’t work. So is this a vista problem? Or microsoft monopolizing us again so that we can’t change anything? Anyways any help would be greatly appreciated…txs

  2. BobCFC

    Thanks, this solved my problem. I am running the latest minefield (Firefox 3.6a1pre) and the URLs in my twitter client Gwibber kept launching the default Firefox 3. Don’t forget the %s

    I was going nuts copying and pasting hehe.

  3. Alexey

    I changed my email client, as written in this article, to Seamonkey mail.
    Then I click to email address in browser, Seamonkey opens, but it does not open a window for a letter edition.
    In Mail Render I chose “custom” and type into Command:
    seamonkey -compose %s
    Now when clicking on the email, composition window opens

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