Mac OS X: How to change your default email application or web browser

Learn how to change the default Mac OS X email or web browser applications with Mail and Safari, in Mac OS X v10.3 or later.

Choosing a default email application

  1. Open Mail (/Applications/Mail).
  2. From the Mail menu, choose Preferences.
  3. Click the General button.
  4. Choose your desired default email application from the "Default email reader" pop-up menu.
     

Choosing a default web browser

  1. Open Safari (/Applications).
  2. From the Safari menu, choose Preferences.
  3. Click the General button.
  4. Choose your desired browser from the "Default web browser" pop-up menu.

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Safari and Mail shouldn't be deleted

After changing your default application, you should not delete Safari or Mail, even if you do not plan to use them. You will need them if you wish to change your default settings in the future.

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