Safari has been the default Web browser on the Mac for more than a decade, and while it’s a great browser that plays well across Apple’s device ecosystem, many Mac owners prefer to use third party browsers like Chrome or Firefox. If you’re one of these Safari-eschewing users, be sure to change your Mac’s default Web browser setting for the best experience. Here’s how to do it.
Some websites go overboard with unnecessary clutter surrounding the content you’re trying to read. When you simply want to focus on an article or story, you can turn to Safari Reader, a feature in Apple’s Safari Web Browser which extracts only the information you want and nothing else, letting you read in peace. Here’s how Safari Reader works in iOS, and how you can customize its look to suit your reading preferences.
Mobile devices are the future of the Web, making a website’s responsive layout crucial to ensuring a good user experience. While there are many tools that help web designers test responsive designs, a new feature in Safari for OS X El Capitan makes the process quick and easy. Here’s how to use Responsive Design Mode in Safari 9.
Some websites offer dedicated mobile versions that are designed for the smaller screens on smartphones and tablets. But sometimes these mobile versions don’t have all the information or options we need. Here’s how to request and view the full desktop layout of a website in Safari for iOS 9.
The new Microsoft Edge Web browser features a nice start page by default that provides easy access to Bing search, user account settings, local weather, news, and more. But some users want to use a custom start page, such as Google, when they launch Edge. Here’s how to set up a custom start page in Edge.
Google Chrome uses an online installer by default, which ensures that you receive the latest version of the browser each time you install it. But what if you don’t have access to the Internet, or are stuck on dial-up and don’t want to wait hours for the browser to files to download? Here’s how you can grab the Chrome offline installer, which you can keep in your software kit and use to install Chrome under any conditions.
The new Microsoft Edge browser in Windows 10 uses Bing as the default search engine. While Bing has its fans, many users prefer to use Google. Due to Microsoft’s use of the OpenSearch standard, however, Google and other popular search engines aren’t yet available as valid search providers. Until Microsoft and Google can fix this, here’s a workaround to make Google your default search engine in Edge.
The address bar in Google Chrome is the central location for not only navigating to known URLs, but also for conducting quick Web searches. Normally, typing a query into Chrome’s address bar will initiate a Web search with your search engine of choice (Google, by default). But you can also configure Chrome to save site-specific search shortcuts, which let you instantly search within a given site without having to visit that site first. Here’s how to set it up.
Google has long been the default search engine in Safari for OS X, but privacy concerns have led many users to seek an alternative. Here’s a quick tip on how you can change the default search engine in Safari.
After announcing in 2013 that it would provide support for Chrome on Windows XP through “at least April 2015,” Google this week clarified its commitment, pledging to support the browser on the aging operating system through the end of the year.