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Is there any way to set the default web browser from within Mac OS?

I currently run Firefox 4 Beta, and haven't been able to find anywhere within the browser to set it as the default - possibly because it is a Beta. However, this makes Chrome start up as soon as I click a link from somewhere other than within FF, which is a tad annoying.

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  1. Open Safari
  2. ⌘, to open Preferences
  3. On the General tab there's a pull down that says 'Default web browser', the the one you want from the list
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To think that it would be in another web browser! First slightly illogical preference I've seen from Apple. Thanks! – Lizzan Nov 11 '10 at 16:51

You can also use "Default Apps" for change every default application.

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Where is this? Is this a plug-in or extension? – Philip Regan Nov 11 '10 at 16:29
It's 3rd-party app you can install it and use it in system preferences – Am1rr3zA Nov 11 '10 at 16:36

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