Setting Default App Mac Os X

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This document covers how to set different applications to open PDF files in macOS.

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By default, macOS has Preview the built in PDF reader open and render all PDFs. This can be changed with a few simple steps.
1. Find a PDF file.

Setting Default App Mac Os X

How do you change what Mac OS X uses as the default application for particular file types? We’ll show you how, in four steps. Step 1: Get Info. Find a file that’s the type you want to change.

2. Right click (control key + click) on the PDF. In the menu, select Get Info.
3. When the Get Info window appears, expand the Open with section right above Preview.

4. Select where it currently says Preview as the default application.

6. If you desire that all PDFs open via the new application (not just the one we are currently viewing) click Change All..
7. macOS will ask for confirmation of this action. If you wish to proceed, click Continue.

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Certain actions that you perform on your Mac will cause default apps to open. For example, clicking a document may open Pages. But what if you want Microsoft Word to open instead? You can also set your default web browser and email reader.

Here's how!

How to change the default Mac app for specific file types

  1. Right-click on a file that uses the file type you'd like to change the default for. For example, one with a .jpg extension (a photo).
  2. Click on Get Info in the pop-up.
  3. Click Open With if the section isn't already expanded.
  4. Click the dropdown and choose an app.

    Source: iMore

  5. Click Change All..
  6. Click Continue when the Finder asks you if you're sure.

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Now any time you open a file with that extension, the Finder will automatically open it with the app you've selected.

How to set your default web browser

  1. Launch System Preferences from the dock, Finder, or by clicking the Apple icon in the Menu bar.
  2. Click General at the top left of the window.
  3. Click the dropdown next to Default web browser.
  4. Click the web browserMs project management software for mac. you'd like to use as the default.

    Source: iMore

How to set your default email reader

Mail is likely the default email app on your Mac, but just in case you have others downloaded, you can set the default reader. Here's how:

  1. Launch Mail from your dock or the Finder.
  2. Click Mail in the menu bar at the top of the screen.
  3. Click Preferences.
  4. Click the dropdown next to Default Mail Reader.
  5. Click the app you'd like to set as the default.

    Source: iMore


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Updated February 2020: Updated for macOS Catalina!

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