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Not sure how this happened but now the "Places" menu on my Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick opens "VLC" for each of the item on this menu e.g. If I select "Home Folder", VLC opens up and no nautilus file browser opens up...

please help!!!

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Additional handling of MIME types (filetypes) is defined by the Mimeapps.list settings file, located at ~/.local/share/applications/mimeapps.list

Edit it by typing gedit ~/.local/share/applications/mimeapps.list and removing offensive entries for inode/directory for things other than Nautilus. For example, delete lines like inode/directory=vlc.desktop;, which specifies VLC as the application to open folders.

See http://askubuntu.com/questions/27330/broken-launchers-for-panel/27332#27332

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