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When you open a file, the file manager performs the default action for that file type.
For example, opening a music file will play it with the default music playing application, opening a text file will enable you to read and edit it in a text editor, and opening an image file will display the image.
The file manager checks the contents of a file to determine the type of a file. If the first lines do not determine the type of the file, then the file manager checks the file extension.
Note - If you open an executable text file, that is, one that the file manager considers can be run as a program, then you will be asked whether you want to run it or display it in a text editor. You can modify this behavior in the File Management preferences.
To execute the default action for a file, double-click the file. For example, the default action for plain text documents is to display the file in a text viewer. If you double-click a text file, the file will be displayed in a text viewer.
You can set your file manager preferences so that you click once on a file to execute the default action. For more information, see Behavior.
To execute actions other than the default action for a file, select the file on which you want to perform an action. The File menu shows Open With choices or an Open With submenu. Select the desired option from this list.
The action you chose is added to the list of actions for that particular file type. If no prior action was associated with the file type, the newly added action is the default.
Tip - You can also add actions in the Open With tab under File -> Properties.