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    Default How to choose programs in Thunderbird

    Does anybody know how to tell Thunderbird which program to use to open certain types of attachments? For instance, when I click to open a picture attached to an email, it is opened in GIMP, (which takes forever). If I click to open a picture anywhere else (like Konqueror), it opens in Gwenview (which is very fast). I'd like to get Thunderbird to use Gwenview to open picture attachments, smplayer for video files, acroread for .pdf, etc. but all these open in random programs apparently chosen by Thunderbird.

    Thank you

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    Default Re: How to choose programs in Thunderbird

    Right-click the attachment and click Open With

    If what it already wants to open in isn't the program you wish to use, click the drop-down arrow and click Other

    Browse to the program you wish to use (you will need to know it's path)

    Once your desired app is showing as the program it's going to open with, tick the box that says: Do this automatically for files like this from now on

    Click Ok


    If you don't know the path to the app you can find it like this:

    Open a console, type whereis appname

    Example:

    whereis gwenview
    gwenview: /opt/kde3/bin/gwenview /usr/share/man/man1/gwenview.1.gz

    You know it isn't going to a .gz file, so obviously gwenview's path is the /opt/kde3/bin/gwenview result

    That's the path you'd browse to in order to set gwenview as the default app for opening whathever filetype the attachment is

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    Default Re: How to choose programs in Thunderbird

    Quote Originally Posted by Ecky View Post
    Right-click the attachment and click Open With

    If what it already wants to open in isn't the program you wish to use, click the drop-down arrow and click Other

    Browse to the program you wish to use (you will need to know it's path)

    Once your desired app is showing as the program it's going to open with, tick the box that says: Do this automatically for files like this from now on

    Click Ok


    If you don't know the path to the app you can find it like this:

    Open a console, type whereis appname

    Example:

    whereis gwenview
    gwenview: /opt/kde3/bin/gwenview /usr/share/man/man1/gwenview.1.gz

    You know it isn't going to a .gz file, so obviously gwenview's path is the /opt/kde3/bin/gwenview result

    That's the path you'd browse to in order to set gwenview as the default app for opening whathever filetype the attachment is
    Should have known it would be something simple. I didn't know about the whereis command. I'll try it out when I get home tonight.

    Thanks for your help.

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