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Basics: Making Evolution your Default Email Program

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By Stomfi

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Posted: 22 Apr 2005

Hi Stomfi, I've just installed SUSE Linux Professional 9.2 a couple of days ago and I've just discovered Evolution, but not before I installed Thunderbird and made it my default e-mail client. My question is: How do I change my default e-mail client to Evolution without deleting Thunderbird? I looked and looked at the settings for Evolution and I couldn't find anything that I could change to make it my default. Thanks, Nick

Answer: For SUSE

This answer is in two parts: one for KDE and one for GNOME.

KDE solution

Defaults are settings for your Desktop Window Manager for each user, and if you are using KDE the place to go to is the "Control Center" which is right there on the start menu. Click on that and you will see this window:

Click on KDE Components and this window will appear:

Now click on Component Chooser and this window will appear:

You can see that I have changed the default Email Client Component to where I installed thunderbird. You can put the name "evolution" all in lower case without the full path as it is already in your path.

You can alter other things in this window. I clicked on Web Browser and changed mine to "firefox". Every time you click on a link firefox will start.

GNOME Solution

I haven't found a menu item in GNOME for setting these defaults, but luckily all the GNOME settings and administration tools start with "gnome-". This knowledge let me start up a terminal and type "gnome- TAB TAB" where TAB means hit the TAB key.

This key is linked to file name completion in the shell. If there is more than one file, as in this case, the computer beeps at you. Pressing TAB a second time, displays a list of file names all starting with "gnome-".

There are so many that the list is split into pages by "more". Hitting the space bar lets you display the next page and so on until the end of the list. Hitting "q" will quit displaying the list.

I have seen one that includes the word default, so I continue by adding "default TAB" to the line which starts "gnome-". Thus "gnome-default TAB ENTER".

Here is the terminal window:

And this is the window that appears:

I've clicked on the second tab showing the "Mail Reader" which already says "Evolution".

You can play with these settings to get what you want.

This Newbie answer has covered:

How to change default for preferred Email client and Browser in KDE.
How to change default for preferred Email client and Browser in GNOME.
How to use the TAB key for file name completion.

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