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September 29, 2016
Setting your default web browser and other tips

If you’ve never set up your options in the General tab of System Preferences, you are in for a couple nice surprises. Controlling scroll bars and choosing what web browser opens when you select a link are just two of a dozen helpful tips.

Open System Preferences by selecting the Apple menu at the top-left and then you will select General.

These first three options allow you to make changes and see them immediately after you make them. Next to Appearance, in the drop-down menu, you can select from Blue or Graphite. Not a lot of flexibility. You can see what it will look like, as you make the change.

Checkmark the next two boxes to see how it changes the appearance. When you hide the menu bar at the top, if you move your mouse to the top of the screen, it will reveal the menu bar and when you move it away, the menu bar is hidden. So, if you have this option check marked for the Dock and the menu bar, you could have a full screen view without the menu bar or dock visible.

Go to Show scroll bars. I recommend you select Always. Most of us want them visible all the time. Your next choice is a preference. I personally like the ability to click in the scroll bar and it jumps right to where I have my cursor, instead of going page-by-page. Make your choice.

If you have more than one web browser installed, such as Google Chrome, Firefox, or another, you can determine which one you prefer to open when you click on a link from an email, website or even a document. Click the box to open the menu and make your choice.

I recommend you checkmark Ask to keep changes when closing documents and Close windows when quitting an app. If you like to use the Recent items from the Apple menu in the menu bar, you can select here how many Documents, Apps, and Servers it will remember. Click the box to open the menu and make your choice.

And finally, using the LCD font smoothing option may or may not make your text easier to read. I recommend you open a document of text and try both, using LCD font smoothing and not using it, to see if there is a difference. If you can’t really see a difference, then leave the checkmark in the box.

For 15 years, Scott Lindsay has helped tens of thousands of people better their skills, publishing more than 400 articles about Apple and Microsoft software, the computer and the Internet. You can reach Scott for comments or questions at

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