Linux Mint: How To Configure What Happens When Removable Media is Attached
When you connect a removable storage device, you often want to start using it right away. To help save you a few clicks, operating systems like Linux Mint allow you to configure an automatic action to take when certain types of removable media are inserted. Mint will usually ask what action you want to take before, and then set that action as the default for the future.
If you change your mind in the future or want to preemptively set default actions for certain types of removable media, you can do so by pressing the Super key, typing “Preferred Applications” and pressing Enter.
Tip: The “Super” key is the name many Linux distributions use to refer to the Windows key or the Apple “Command” key, avoiding any risk of trademark issues.
Press the Super key, type “Preferred Apps” and press Enter.
Once you’re in the preferred apps menu, switch to the “Removable Media” tab. If you never want any actions to take place automatically when you plug in any form of removable media, you can click the “Prompt or run programs when media is inserted” slider to the “Off” position.
Provided the “Prompt or run programs when media is inserted” slider is set to “On”, you can configure what action happens when an audio CD, DVD video, music player, camera, or software CD is inserted. For each of the options, the application will be included in the list if the appropriate option is installed. If you can’t find the application you want to use, you can click “Other Application” to browse the full list of installed software. Alternatively, you can set Mint to “Ask what to do”, open the removable media in a file browser, or do nothing.
Additional types of removable media can be configured by clicking “Other Media”. These other media have the same options when it comes to potential actions.
In the “Removable media” tab, you can configure a number of types of removable media with automatic actions.