Based upon my experience as a sys admin for a large private school in Chicagoland, a school with hundreds of Macs and PCs for staff, faculty, and students, almost everyone except students use multiple browsers; usually Safari and Chrome, or Safari and Firefox. Here’s a free and nifty Mac utility that lets you choose which browser to use when you open a URL.
Power To The Click
Most of the time we open up a website or webpage and get Safari because that’s the Mac’s default browser. So, if you’re clicking on a link in Mail or a link in Messages or Pocket or whatever else, Safari gets the job. What if you want to open that link in Chrome or Firefox or whatever?
Enter Browser ChooserX, a free Mac utility which does exactly that. It does nothing else other than make it easy to choose which browser will open when you want to open when you click on a link in Mail, Messages, or from wherever.
Here’s how it works.
See a website URL in a document, in an email message, or within a text message? Right click, select the browser you want to use, and, well, done.
Browser ChooserX opens the link in the browser you choose, which makes it more versatile than using Safari as the default browser for links within other applications.
It even gives you controls from the Mac’s Menubar.
From the Menubar you can Show Browser List (browsers available on your Mac), Temporarily Open With whatever browser you choose).
Not bad for free, right?
What I would like to see, and what would make Browser ChooserX worth a few bucks, is the option to to the right-click within Safari (or, within whatever browser you’re using at the moment) to open a link. Otherwise, the standard manual method is to Copy Link, open different browser, past URL link, hit the return button and wait.
The only other negative is that BrowserChooserX needs to be setup as the Mac’s default browser instead of Safari, but that’s a minor nit.