The Mac’s default search engine is Safari, which sets the browser as your primary web browsing tool.
If for some reason you want a change from Safari to something else like Google or Bing, you can do that by following these steps:
– Open System Preferences. This should be located in the Apple menu at the top left corner of your screen and looks like an old school computer monitor with gears in it. You may need to type “System Preferences” into Spotlight (the magnifying glass highlighted on this tip) if it doesn’t show up immediately below Finder when opening System Preferences.
– Click on Search from under Hardware section after scrolling down until you find it listed there. In my experience I only needed one click to get to this selection.
– Click on the drop down menu in front of Search Results and select Other…
– Now type Google into the search bar at top, you should see google listed as one option with a tick next to it. To change your default web browser from Safari click on “google” then press return or clicking anywhere outside that field (usually done by pressing Command+Q)
This will set Google Chrome or whatever other Browser program you have installed on your Mac OS X computer as your new default web browsing tool.
You can also use Bing for a different search engine if desired using these same steps: just substitute ‘Google’ with ‘Bing’ where appropriate above.”
You can also change your default search engine in the Safari preferences. Click on Safari, then select Preferences from the menu bar at the top of the screen. You’ll see a list of six options: General, Search Engine, Appearance & Behavior, Privacy and Security, Content Blockers and Develop (if you’re using an Apple computer). Select Search Engine to change which search engine is used by Safari. If you want to disable a specific type of content such as pop-ups or autoplay videos on websites that offer them Ã¢â‚¬Â—and thus prevent those sites from tracking your web browsing habits — click Content Blockers underneath Privacy and Security if it’s available for Mac OS X Yosemite or higher. Otherwise just
How to Change Search Engine on Mac
The process of changing your default search engine in OS X Lion is very simple, taking just a few minutes. The first step is to launch the “System Preferences” app that you’ll find under the Apple menu icon in the upper left-hand corner of your screen. When it launches, select “Internet and Wireless” from the list at left:
Google Chrome has been my personal favorite for years now because Google doesn’t track user data and they provide one of my absolute favorite features – incognito browsing mode! Unfortunately Safari does not have this feature so I switched back from using Firefox when apple announced iOS 12 would allow users to force what browser opens webpages. If you
As you can see, Apple has made the process of switching between Safari and Google Chrome on a Mac really easy. All you need to do is follow these steps:
*Open Safari (or another browser) by clicking the icon in your Dock or by launching it from Spotlight Search.* Follow any instructions that appear for logging into an account. This will depend on what type of web page you’re opening up with this new browser. Click Continue when prompted. *To change default search engine back to Google after setting Firefox as your default, go through the same process but select “Use Firefox” instead of “Use Safari.” You’ll be asked if you want Firefox set up as your default; click Yes then Continue. If
In this blog post, I’ll show you how to change the search engine in Safari on your Mac. It’s really easy and takes about two minutes or less!
Step One: Find the box that says “Safari” at the top left of your screen. Click it. Then click on Preferences from the drop-down menu that appears. That will open up a new window with three tabs (General, Search, Privacy). Select General from those tabs. You can also find Preferences by going through System Preferences > Search & Spotlight > Default Web Browser – Safari if you like shortcuts! 😉
This is what my preferences look like when I’m done making changes inside them:
There are two options to change your search engine on a Mac. If you want Safari, Firefox or Opera to use different settings than websites open in the browser, you can do this from Preferences –> Search Engine and then uncheck “Use my default search provider” and click Change Preference for This Site.
If you only need Google Chrome’s settings changed: go into Settings –> Under the Hood -> Content Settings – > Manage exceptions – > Sites where we detect unwanted software (this is usually found at the bottom of the window) – > Add a site as an exception and enter googlechrome://settings/search?q=%s&site=-google- Now just repeat that process with other browsers if desired.