Mac OS X Change the Default Web Browser

Posted September 30, 2004 by macster in Mac system administration

Changing the default web browser in Mac OS X, especially 10.3, can be confusing. This tech-recipe describes one simple method for changing it.

Use the following steps to change your default web browser in Mac OS X:
1. Start Safari (the standard browser).
2. Select Preferences… from the Safari menu.
3. In the General tab, find the Default web browser pulldown menu and make your selection from the list.
4. Close the preferences window (red x), and you are done!

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  • Gar

    I absolutely love the fact that no matter how bad I break my computer there’s always an answer on google. Thank you!

    • saravanan


  • xpanasonicyouthx

    Holy lord, that was way easier than I thought. Why do I feel so dumb?

  • Denise Brum

    I have made Firefox my default web browser. When I click on shortcuts I have saved in a folder called Weblinks which I put on the dock, they open up in Safari. I cannot figure out what is going on.
    Thank You

  • SunnyKwan

    I know how to do this, but the selection list of my browsers in safari preferences are disabled…I don’t know why…can anyone help me please?

  • Alex Galkin


  • Mclimbaugh

    Great Scott You make it look easy

  • Volleygirl327

    thanks helped a bunch! 🙂

  • Kate


  • Rui Andrada

    I would like to know, if I found the answer and remember, I’ll drop the answer here.

  • Burntcrispy

    Um what about Firefox!!!!

  • Cm Biggle

    Can you help me change from bing to google on my iPad?