One click on this icon in my dock and Google calendar opens in Firefox from my Dubbo.org G-mail account. This script has chosen the browser and the website and the account that I want to be logged into when I visit the website. This article below describes how to write the script to open a URL in a specified browser. To auto-login as a user see here. To customise the icon see here.
I have four different Google accounts and quite often I find myself in a browser in the wrong account. For example I might be trying to edit my church calendar, which resides in my work Google account, but because I have just been reading my personal mail in Gmail, I am logged into that Google account. In the Chrome browser you can switch accounts by going to the top right and selecting a different account but it’s clunky.
This article below describes how to automatically login to a certain account when you open a URL in a browser. To automate this with a script see here.
I’m not sure why – I must’ve changed a setting somewhere – but recently whenever I click ‘send an email’ in OS X it opens up a Chrome browser window and tries to send a new email through Gmail.
I wanted to send email with the old fashioned OS X Mail app. I went searching through the Apple ‘System Preferences’ and could not find a setting anywhere to set the default email client. Even if you search for ‘Mail’ in the System Preferences nothing comes up. That’s because the default app for opening email is set from within the mail app itself.
To set the default application that automatically launches when you open a new email, you have to open the OS X built-in mail app, go to preferences, and then select the app you want to use.
This is actually the way it works across all of OS X, although it is a little inconsistent.
So to set the default calendar application it’s the same. You go into the calendar application and from there you can choose any default calendar application.
Setting the default browser is slightly different. You cannot do it from Safari. You need to go into the browser that you would like to use, for example Chrome or Firefox, then select preferences, then select ‘ make this the default browser’.
Since OS X Mojave my Apple mail stops getting new emails every few months. This seems to occur with each new OSX upgrade. (e.g. 10.14.3 to 10.14.4) The mail app loses the password for the Gmail accounts, a lightning symbol appears next to each account, and no new emails come in.
There’s a simple fix, but it’s not obvious.
You need to click on the lightning symbol and re-enter the password for each Google Gmail account. In my case I needed to get each family member to click on the lightning arrow and re-enter their email account password.
Gmail seems to be the main email provider and no wonder – it is free and it has the best spam filtering and protection. But the Gmail web interface is a bit clunky so it is nice to be able to use Gmail with the built in Apple mail program. Here’s how to set up Apple mail to work with Gmail.
In Australia there is a very clever scam going on at the moment. When your email stops working, you may get a call from someone claiming they are from ‘Apple Support.’ It may be a polite greeting like ‘Hello this is Mary from Apple Support and we’ve noticed you’ve had a problem with your Gmail on your Apple Computer. This is a problem we are working to fix. Are you at your computer now…’ etc. This happened to a relative of mine and it was soooo convincing that I could not initially convince them that it was not Apple! To verify it we asked for a case number from the person, then rang Apple support, to find there was no such case number.
This may be one of the ugliest icons that you’ve seen on your Macintosh computer but this is a powerful little app. It synchronises your Apple Contacts (from iCloud) with your Google contacts. This means that any contacts or groups you create in Gmail or on an Android device are available on your iPhone and OSX and iCloud, and vice versa.