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I want to restore Safari as my default web browser and am unable

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I want to restore Safari as my default web browser and am unable to do so.
Maulfry
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Mac
Expert:  Michelle replied 3 years ago.
Michelle :

Hi, and welcome! My name is ***** ***** I am excited to get started with you.

To restore safari to your default browser,
1.Open Safari
2. Select Safari from the top menu and choose Preferences
3. In the General tab, change Default Web browser to safari

Customer:

I have already done that - no luck!

Michelle :

When you are in preferences, is safari still selected? What is your current default browser?

Customer:

Safari is still selected. But when I click on Safari - Firefox (Vergin) comes up.

Michelle :

Oh okay so you will need to change the actual webpage

Michelle :

Within preferences, what is listed under Hompage?

Customer:

Sorry - 'Virgin'. I was advised by my university library to alter proxies via Firefox (to gain access to their library catalogue - but was unable to do so. I don't like Virgin, and much prefer to use Safari.

Customer:

http://www./

Michelle :

Set it to http://google.com/

Customer:

If I click on set to current page, it inserts:

Customer:

http://www.justanswer.co.uk/mac-computers/8mazc-want-restore-safari-default-web-browser-unable.html

Michelle :

Do not click set to. Just enter http://google.com/

Michelle :

It will save

Michelle :

Open up a new window when you are done. Does it open to google

Customer:

I'll have to close this page to find out.

Michelle :

Okay, bookmark our chat so you can get back

Michelle :

Or click on the link in the JustAnswer email that was sent

Customer:

Yes - it now opens to the Google page.

Michelle :

Okay great. So the issue was with your homepage. You can certainly change it to whatever you like, we just used Google as a test

Customer:

OK - so I'm back with the Safari browser unless I choose to change it in the future?

Michelle :

That is correct

Customer:

Many thanks Michelle!

Michelle :

You are so very welcome. Have a fantastic rest of your day

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