Mac: Changing default browser

Tonight I got a message from a client.  “Help.  Web pages are not properly opening in Chrome.”   We all use a browser to access web pages on our Macs.  Many of you use Apple’s default browser — Safari.  However, Google Chrome is also extremely popular (and the #1 browser by worldwide usage).  A handful still like Mozilla Firefox.   You might ask, why wouldn’t everyone just use Safari?  While it is on par with other browsers today, Safari used to be quite lacking compared to Chrome and Firefox.  Some users like Chrome because it syncs with their Google account.  Firefox used to tout that it was easier to customize. Today, they want to be known as the faster and more privacy conscious browser.

Regardless of your browser of choice, you should have more than one installed on your Mac. At some point, you may have a security issue with your browser.  No problem. Fire up browser number 2.  Additionally, you may want to use multiple browsers for convenience issues.   You could do personal browsing in one browser and work / special purpose browsing in another.  You can keep multiple websites open at one time in each browser, in separate windows.  

It’s good to have a second or even a 3rd browser on your Mac.    You can install Chrome from google.com/chrome and Firefox from firefox.com .

As was the case of my client, your default browser may fail you.  We needed a quick solution tonight.  It was too late for her technology consultant to come over and take a look at the problem.   You too should know how to change your default browser on the Mac.  You may do this for short term reasons or permanently.  The process is the same. It’s a quick fix that you CAN do.

Steps to Changing Default Browser on the Mac

1. Open Safari  (You may have to go to Finder >> Applications if Safari is not on your Dock at the bottom)

2.  Click on the Safari menu at the top if the screen

3.  Click on Preferences

4. In the box that opens, click on the General tab

5.  Chose a different default browser from the menu

6. That browser will now be your default browser.   It is the browser that will open when you click on links in Apple Mail or Outlook. 

7. You can change your default browser at any time.

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