how to manage more than 1 browser on my mac?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by svpolaris, Apr 17, 2014.

  1. svpolaris macrumors newbie

    Jul 8, 2010

    I'm running an older version of Safari I don't want to give up. But for some sites I visit a newer version of Chrome, Firefox, etc would work better.

    I have a macbook air OSX 10.7.5 (which I don't want to update).


    - Is it possible to have more than one browser on my mac?

    - Once its installed is it easy to go from 1 browser to the other?

  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    As a browser is just an application, and you can install as many applications as you want, you can install as many browsers as you want to.

    To use them, you just have to open them I primarily use Safari, but often have to resort to Chrome or Firefox or Opera, and thus sometimes have three or four browsers open and switch between them sporadically.

    As for switching between open browsers, you can use CMD+TAB or Exposé or Mission Control or just the Dock. It is just like using any other applications.
  3. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I use multiple browsers, download and use Chrome, just make sure you don't let it be the primary or default browser when prompted (if you want safari to be your main browser).

    I also believe you can import the Safari bookmarks into Chrome.
  4. Bruno09 macrumors 68020

    Aug 24, 2013
    Far from here
    It is highly recommended to have MORE than one browser on your Mac, just in case something went wrong with your default browser...
  5. svpolaris thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 8, 2010

    Thanks everyone for the quick and concise info...I love this site and the community support.
  6. robvas macrumors 68030

    Mar 29, 2009
    I use:

    Safari - general browsing

    Chrome - Flash/video sites

    Firefox - Firebug for webdev
  7. halledise macrumors 65816

    May 7, 2009
    Hamilton Island, Whitsundays, QLD Australia
    just curious, but why do you not want to update from Lion, for goodness' sake?
    Mountain Lion - and Mavericks for that matter - are way superior to 10.7
  8. Steve121178 macrumors 601


    Apr 13, 2010
    Bedfordshire, UK
    I've been a Chrome user since the dawn of time, but I find Flash works much better in Safari. Chrome can be very resource heavy and it's nowhere near as light as Safari.

    I used to hate Safari, but Apple have done a great job with the latest version. It's still far from perfect, but Apple are getting there.
  9. firedept macrumors 603


    Jul 8, 2011
    I use Firefox, Chrome, Safari and IE. All have their purposes, which is why I have a few for use. Never hurts to have a different perspective on things either and each browser will have different add-ons & plugins for you to customize to your liking.
  10. flowrider macrumors 601


    Nov 23, 2012
    I also have installed Firefox, Chrome and Safari. Use them all, but I do most of what I do in Safari.

  11. OLDCODGER macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2011
    Lucky Country
    Staying with Snow Leopard, I use Omniweb for most sites, Firefox for one particular site, and Safari for one site, also.

    I simply set the windows so that I can quickly click on the one I want, and bring it to the front.
  12. metanoiac macrumors member

    Jan 21, 2012
    I use Switch to quickly switch a webpage from one browser to another - in case you need that.

    It is a free little app that lives in your menu bar. Sometimes, I start reading a page in chrome, but I might want to send it over to Safari in order to make use of the reading tabs.

    you can download it here for free:
  13. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    U can use as many browsers as you like, the bookmarks just won't synchronize automatically.

    Indeed, some sites work better with browser other than Safari.
  14. smirking macrumors 65816


    Aug 31, 2003
    Silicon Valley
    You can even have multiple versions of the same browser if you want. I used to keep several versions of Firefox because there were differences in how each of them rendered some pages.
  15. sixrom macrumors 6502a

    Nov 13, 2013
    So true, I've always enjoyed great performance from Chrome. In addition I run the Canary developers version concurrently. It's a great combination. Then there's the latest version of Opera which has become an excellent alternative. They've brought it up to date and is now quite relevant.
  16. Dweez macrumors 65816


    Jun 13, 2011
    Down by the river
    I use chrome almost exclusively, firefox occasionally and safari rarely if ever.
  17. Kissaragi macrumors 68020

    Nov 16, 2006
    Safari works great with everything for me, never found any reason to use anything else.
  18. jdechko macrumors 68040

    Jul 1, 2004
    My usage is very similar except I use Firefox for downloading youtube videos (it has a pretty nifty extension that I haven't found in Safari or Chrome).
  19. kodcl10 macrumors member

    Mar 23, 2014
    Can anyone vouch for that Switch app
    that metanoiac posted here ?

    it doesn't come from the app store, so just a little cautious..
  20. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    It has reviews on Macupdate going back a couple years, so it looks legit.
  21. jdechko macrumors 68040

    Jul 1, 2004
    If you enable the "Develop" menu in Safari (Preferences > Advanced > Show Develop Menu in menu bar), the first option is "Open Page With >".

    This lists all of the other browsers installed, and you can choose from there. No 3rd party app required.


    From there, if you were so inclined, you could set up keyboard shortcuts to automatically open a page in a specific browser. I chose not to go this route because Chrome has some issues with the shortcuts. In short, Chrome automatically updates itself and the menu option as a result, which breaks the keyboard shortcut.
  22. flowrider macrumors 601


    Nov 23, 2012
    This is one of the things about Chrome I DO NOT like, automatic updates. It's my Macintosh, I want the decision to Update or Not.


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