Double-clicking on a file in the Finder or elsewhere will open it using the default app. But what if you want to change the default?
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.
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).Click on Get Info in the pop-up.Click Open With if the section isn’t already expanded.
Click the dropdown and choose an app.
Click Change All…
Click Continue when the Finder asks you if you’re sure.
How to set your default web browser
Launch System Preferences from the dock, Finder, or by clicking the button.Click General at the top left of the window.Click the dropdown next to Default web browser.
Click the web browser you’d like to use as the default.
How to set you 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:
Launch Mail from your dock or the Finder.Click Mail in the menu bar at the top of the screen.Click Preferences.Click the dropdown next to Default Mail Reader.
Click the app you’d like to set as the default.
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