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How to Change Default Apps on Mac

Feb 28th 2020 at 10:08 AM

Clicking on any kind of link, and double-clicking on any file open up and perform its activities with the help of default apps. Even if you have never selected the default performing apps, there are still apps available that do the work on a default basis. Sometimes few actions and clicks that we make in our Mac devices allow default apps to work, without any asking permission. Even though if you want to open that particular file or link with a certain app, you can’t open it without changing in the settings.

Default Apps on Mac

Now, if you don’t know about changing the default apps, then you should know because it will help you a lot in the future. Imagine you are opening a document and after you click on that it just open with its default app instead of the Microsoft Word, is it right for you? You can change it, and surely you will feel so relaxed after changing the default apps as per your choice.

Know about Default Apps

You might remember that when you double-click on your Mac any particular file, whether it is mp3 or any JPG file, it will automatically open in an app in few seconds. That is the main work of default apps. You don’t need to give command every time you open the file to open in which app. Sometimes it can be a problem for you as well. It is because if you want to open the file in any additional app that you just downloaded. However, it will again open the file in the previous app and will not ask to open in the new app that you just downloaded. There is a step that you will require to follow in order to modify the default app to make things more convenient.

Modify Default App on Mac

It could be a long process if you use so many apps on your Mac device, but every app will be set in the same way. You need to modify it manually, and at the time of using the app, you can do it.

Change the Web Browser

In Mac the default browser is Safari but if you don’t find it much useful rather than Chrome, Firefox or any other app then you can change. The process of changing the browser is simple and here’s how you can do it.

  1. Run “System Preferences” in the Mac.
  2. Tap on “General” to see some default settings.
  3. In the “Default web browser” you will find the browser that is available on your Mac.

Change the E-Mail Reader

Mail is important to everyone. In the modern fast world, E-Mail is a sign of professionalism, and that’s why usage is high. If you have multiple mail app as per your usage, then you can change the default E-Mail app as well.

  1. Use Finder and launch “Mail” from the device.
  2. Tap on the “Mail” option from the above screen menu.
  3. Choose the option “Preferences.”
  4. Now you need to tap on the “dropdown” menu next to the “Default mail reader.”
  5. Choose the “App” that you need to use to read Mails.

Change the Default App for Operate Particular File

It might be so helpful for you because every file is different. There are so many apps that you can use to operate the file and put them as a default app. For changing the default app here’s what you should follow.

  1. Open Finder and search for the “file.”
  2. Tap on “Get info” to see every detail of the file.
  3. Now choose the option “Open with.”
  4. Choose the “app” of your choice.

It’s a simple process to change the default app on Mac. Moreover, it’s a one-time process as you don’t need to change the default again for the same file format.

Mathew Anderson is a Microsoft Office expert and has been working in the technical industry since 2002. As a technical expert, Mathew has written technical blogs, manuals, white papers, and reviews for many websites such as office.com/setup

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