Quick Tip – Set Your Default Browser in OS X

While Internet Explorer is no longer a viable browser on Apple devices and OS X, there seems to be more and more browsers available on OS X. Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera, and Camino are all viable options for browsing the world wide web on a Mac. If you’re anythign like me you’ve tried out the various browsers and have them readily available on their Mac but there maybe one you prefer more than others.

When I first converted to OS X, I brought with me my browser of choice on Windows, Firefox. At the time, I believed that it was the best browser available and didn’t give Safari much chance but as I started using OS X native tools like Automator I found Safari much more useful and over the years it became my go to browser. Until of course Google introduced Chrome. I’m all for the law of Occam’s Razor and really find the ability to search and enter URLs from the same input field on Chrome the most used feature of the browser. Plus, it’s built on Webkit which also powers Safari.

After I decided to switch to Chrome I realized that I didn’t have it set as my default browser and was always a bit disappointed when an application would launch a website in a different browser on my mac. I did a little research and found how to quickly and easily set Google Chrome or Firefox as your default browser.

Set Your Default Browser in OS X

  1. Open Safari
  2. Select Safari and Preferences from menu bar
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  4. Select the General Tab
  5. Select the Default Browser from the drop down menu
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After you’ve made the adjustments above your new default browser will be set and anytime you open a web page with other applications OS X they’ll open in the browser you set in Safari.

Which browser on OS X do you like best and why? Tell us about it in the comments.