How To Set the Default Browser and Email App On Your Mac

If you want to change your default browser from Safari and your default email app from Mail, you need to go to unlikely places to find the right settings.

Comments: 10 Responses to “How To Set the Default Browser and Email App On Your Mac”

    Eugenia Burkes
    3 months ago

    I would like to set DuckDuckGo as my default browser but my only choices are Safari and Chrome. Within Safari, I have set DDG. Is that the only way to use it?

    3 months ago

    Eugenia: DuckDuckGo is a search engine, not a browser. You use Safari as a browser (for instance) and then DuckDuckGo would be your search engine inside that browser.

    Rocky W
    2 months ago

    DuckDuckGo is a browser on Mac (only I think). Itā€™s in the App Store as it is the search engine for Safari. I use it as my secondary browser as it uses less resources than chrome.

    Marcia Karon
    2 months ago

    I'm still using Ventura, so how to I change the default email from Mail to Gmail? Is this on an older post?

    2 months ago

    Marcia: It should be the same.

    Keith Flanagan
    2 months ago

    Gary, Duck Duck Go is a browser for Mac. It works great, the only reason I don't use it as my main browser is because it doesn't support 1 Password. Might want to check your sources on this one.

    2 months ago

    Keith: It is. But many more people use the DuckDuckGo search engine than their custom browser. With all the extra features Safari has to offer, plus the Apple ecosystem integration, plus how good Safari is for privacy, I'm not really sure of the need for the DuckDuckGo browser.

    Carlos
    3 weeks ago

    After changing my mail app to Outlook, Outlook is not my default app when attempting "send in mail" in the mac's print option. In other words, when you attempt to email a PDF from the print menu the default email app is the standard Mac mail app not Outlook. Any idea how to stop this from occurring?

    3 weeks ago

    Carlos: So do you mean Print, PDF, Send In Mail? That a script there that literally is "Send In Mail" as in the Mail app. There's another option in the same menu to edit the menu. You'd need to use that and assign a script of your own, made in Script Editor or Automator. Not sure of your experience with coding and the like though. Whether it would be worth it to put the work in depends on that and how often you need to do this. You can easily just export a PDF and email that.

    Carlos
    3 weeks ago

    Thanks for the reply. Yes, I am referring to the "Print,PDF, Send in Mail" that is available in the print menu. I am familiar with AppleScript and I will look into your suggestion further. Thanks for clarifying that there is no actual setting that I am missing.

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