Default Web Browser

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  1. BenWakin macrumors member

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    How can I set Firefox to be my default web browser?
     
  2. dubbz macrumors 68020

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    Depending on your version you may be able to do it from Firefox' Preferences dialogue. Just press Check Now under General > Default Browser.

    If not, start Safari ( :rolleyes: ), Open Preferences, Go to General, Choose it from the Default Browser list.
     
  3. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    annoying isn't it?

    maybe a preference pane called defaults should be included, lets you set the default apps for opening documents and whatnot...hmmmm.......
     
  4. mklos macrumors 68000

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    Yeah a general Internet System Preference would be neat. The same is true to change the default Email Client from OS X Mail to something else. You need to go into OS X Mail to change it. Kinda weird....
     
  5. BenWakin thread starter macrumors member

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    Sweet. Thanks for the info. I hadn't the slightest clue or inclination to do it through Safari.
     
  6. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    yeah, this is perhaps the least intuitive aspect of OS X :eek:
     
  7. Nermal Moderator

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    Technically you open your browser (in that case FF) and set it as the default. However, some developers are lazy and haven't included the option to change it. Windows works the same way - to set FF as the default, you need to open FF then set it as default in the preferences (although XPSP2/2000SP4 adds a control panel where you can set it too).
     
  8. anotherjeff macrumors regular

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    Macrumors, thank you for being psychic and answering these questions mere hours before I even think of asking them.
     
  9. fayans macrumors 6502a

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    *blink my eyes* for a while I thought it was Mad Jew's but then again.....
     
  10. russed macrumors 68000

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    firefox 1.5 beta 2 now checks upon start up of the app if you want it to change the default browser to firefox (that is unless you tick the dont do this again box!)
     
  11. Nermal Moderator

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    I find that comment offensive :eek:

    :p
     
  12. fayans macrumors 6502a

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    Really? which one? :D :p
     
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  14. MikeGA macrumors newbie

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    There is a system preference panel available called "Default Apps" Have a look on MacUpdate for it.

    As well as allowing you to set your efault browser and e-mail etc. It allows to set many other default things, pretty neat!
     
  15. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    thanks for that info, i will have to check it out!

    although it some come included by Apple
     
  16. fayans macrumors 6502a

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    Cool application but I read the FAQ it doesn't support OSX. Is it true?
     
  17. Frisco macrumors 68020

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    I agree! Apple did include in System Preferences back in Jaguar (10.2) days. They removed it in Panther for some reason--put it back!
     
  18. Frisco macrumors 68020

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    It works fine in OS X. You may have downloaded the wrong one.

    Here it is.
     
  19. Nermal Moderator

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    Calling me an "it", of course! :eek:
     
  20. fayans macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks Frisco for the correct link.

    O ya, sorry Nermal if I recall it right I was referring to your switched 'tar. ;)
     

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