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Say my default browser on macOS is Safari and I am viewing a webpage in Firefox or Chrome. When I click on a HTTP(S) link on the webpage it opens again in the same application (Firefox or Chrome), not in the default browser (Safari).

Is there anyway to change this behaviour, so that links in a webpage open always in the default browser? (And if Firefox or Chrome can't do this, is there another browser which can?)


Note: I am on macOS Mojave, but I don't think this is a OS-level setting.

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    You can't configure Firefox or Chrome to do that. The default browser setting is used when clicking a link in an app that doesn't natively support the https:// and http:// schemes, like the Mail app. But since Firefox and Chrome support opening web links, they will load the pages themselves instead of using the default browser.
    – jaume
    Sep 4, 2021 at 11:17
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    @jaume That’s what I feared… But it would be cool, if with a little switcher program like Choosey or brosel, every clicked link could be customised where it goes!
    – halloleo
    Sep 4, 2021 at 12:34
  • Yes, that's the way macOS is designed... I've added my comment as an answer in case you want to mark it as accepted.
    – jaume
    Jun 11 at 10:10

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You can't configure Firefox or Chrome to do that.

The default browser setting is used when clicking a link in an app that doesn't natively support the https:// and http:// schemes, like the Mail app. But since Firefox and Chrome support opening web links, they will load the pages themselves instead of using the default browser.

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