Have you ever noticed that you can double click on a document or file and the Mac automatically knows which app to open? That feature has been built-in to the Mac since the last century but is one of a number of default settings Apple doesn’t bother to shine a light on.
For example, when you click on a website link in a document what happens? Safari opens. Why not Google’s Chrome or Mozilla’s Firefox instead? It’s because OS X’s default browser setting is Safari, but that can be changed easily thanks to a cleverly designed Mac utility called Browserism.
What you get is a simple and straightforward way to change the default browser setting from Safari to Chrome, Mozilla, Opera or whatever you choose (up to four additional browsers). And you choose the default browser with a click to the Mac’s Menubar.
Why would you want to change the default browser setting?
Good question, but the answer becomes obvious if Safari is the default browser that opens upon every website link click instead of the browser you use the most; Chrome, Firefox, Tor, or whatever. In fact, the latter is a good example. Tor is a Mac browser designed to prevent your browser from being viewed online so being able to set it as the default browser at a specific time can have security implications (in your favor).
Browserism’s Preference settings have more configurations than you’ll find in the drop down Menubar menu, of course, including an option to schedule a specific browser to be the default. For example, set Tor as the default during work hours, but Chrome as the default during the even hours at home.
You won’t have to dig around into OS X’s preferences, find another utility that changes default app settings, or worry about mucking around in Terminal to change settings. Browserism does it and gives you change from a $2 bill.
One very clever feature even goes beyond the default browser setting. Drag a website hyperlink to the Browserism menu in the Menubar and select the browser you want to use just for that link.
Browserism is a nice Mac citizen, too, and works in OS X Yosemite or El Capitan’s dark and light modes. The developer also publishes another favorite, the popular Amphetamine which overrides the Mac’s energy saver utility to keep the screen awake during a long movie. These are nicely done utilities (Amphetamine is free) and worth a look.