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All of a sudden any email attachment or clickable link on a Safari page opens in Firefox, which I also have installed on my Mac. This just started happening this week and I have had my Mac for several months. Can someone advise me as to how to change it back? Also, any idea how it changed and what I need to watch for so it won't happen again?
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Open Safari Preferences, click on the General Tab, and make sure that Safari is your default browser. It sounds like Firefox assigned itself to be the default.
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Ta-Da!! I knew someone here would have the answer. Thanks so much.
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Chrome does the same thing. For a new user, it can be confusing because it goes unnoticed. I believe Opera is the only browser that does not display that behavior. If I remember correctly, you have to specifically set it up as the default from preferences.
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I have seen that question several times, about making FF my default, and I have always said no. Safari was always the browser that I use and clicking on links that came in email or on webpages that I was reading always used to open a new tab in Safari. Recently, the problem that I had was not that FF became my default but that subsequent windows opened by clicking on links, opened in FF.

So, you are saying that some where or time, I did allow this to happen? If so, I really am not paying nearly enough attention to what I'm doing, lol!
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