Mac OS X Change the Default Web Browser

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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13 Responses to “Mac OS X Change the Default Web Browser”

  1. November 25, 2008 at 3:10 am, Gar said:

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


    • January 08, 2009 at 6:31 pm, saravanan said:



  2. April 23, 2009 at 7:17 pm, xpanasonicyouthx said:

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


  3. October 20, 2009 at 9:32 am, Denise Brum said:

    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


  4. January 05, 2010 at 1:30 pm, SunnyKwan said:

    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?


  5. May 09, 2010 at 11:30 am, Alex Galkin said:



  6. July 14, 2010 at 6:42 pm, Mclimbaugh said:

    Great Scott You make it look easy


  7. January 04, 2011 at 3:58 am, Volleygirl327 said:

    thanks helped a bunch! :)


  8. January 04, 2011 at 3:58 am, Kate said:



  9. January 28, 2011 at 4:17 pm, Rui Andrada said:

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


  10. June 02, 2011 at 10:28 pm, Burntcrispy said:

    Um what about Firefox!!!!


  11. March 06, 2013 at 12:51 am, Cm Biggle said:

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


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