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’.
Mac OS X Mojave was released this week. Don’t forget that if you have more than one Apple computer it will save you time and data if you download the installer once and then copy it across to your various computers. Don’t use the automatic update feature of OS X. Instead download the installer from here: Apple’s Mojave download page
This is the top of a Finder window. Those icons along the top are called the toolbar. I find it really handy to put items that you use a lot into this toolbar so that they are available from every Finder window.
When you login OS X asks you for a password. This is a great security feature, especially if you have a laptop and you are taking it places. If you have a computer at home or in your study and you are the only one that has physical access to your computer you may want to have OS X automatically log you in. Here is how to turn on the automatic login on OS X.
Apple releases a major update of OS X every year or so and for the past 10 years I have just done an automatic update, installing the new OS X on top of the old version and keeping all the existing applications and settings. When I upgraded to El Capitan I decided to do a completely fresh installation. I started with a new hard drive (SSD). I installed OS X. Then I copied everything across manually. This took about half a day and some things didn’t work but overall I think it has been a good spring clean. This article is not so much a step-by-step guide but a rough summary of what I did.
Since OS-X Mavericks (10.9) Apple have been releasing their OS X upgrades for free. This means if you have any version of OS X newer than 10.9 then you can upgrade it to the latest version for free. There are three ways you can upgrade.
Download the Installer from Apple directly to the computer that you want to install the new OS X onto.
Take your computer into the nearest Apple Store and they will do the upgrade for you.
Make a USB thumb drive installer that you can plug into your computer to upgrade it.
Method 1 is Apple’s suggestion method, but if you have more than one computer it requires you to download the OS X update more than once. Method 3 gives you a thumb drive that you can use multiple times to install OSX, and you can even boot off it in an emergency if your hard drive crashes. It is very handy to have a bootable version of the latest OSX on a thumb drive lying around So I suggest option three
This article tells you how to make a USB thumb drive installer so you can upgrade any computer to the latest OS X.
It also tells you how to work out what is the newest version of OSX that you can run on your computer. Continue reading 〉
Apple don’t have instructions for how to do a clean installation of OS X Yosemite, but it is exactly the same as the previous version of OS X – Mavericks. So if you want a clean fresh installation of Yosemite, just follow Apple’s instructions here of Mavericks”