Set the Default Browser and Email Client in Ubuntu

By Lowell Heddings on November 8th, 2006

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.

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 11/8/06
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