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8.3. Accounts

This is the master list of people who are allowed to log into your Mac. It's where you can adjust their passwords, startup pictures, self-opening startup items, permissions to use various features of the Mac, and other security features. All of this is described in Chapter 11.

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Where to Specify Your Preferred Mail and Browser Programs

Hey! Where the heck do I specify what browser I want to open when I click a link in, say, an email message? It used to be in the Internet panel of System Preferences, but that panel doesn't exist anymore!

You're right. The Internet panel has been reborn in Panther as the .Mac panel, and the places where you set up your preferred email and Web programs have gone off to the great software company in the sky.

This is going to sound a little odd, but you specify which browser you want to use by opening the Safari browser that came with Mac OS X, choosing Safari→Preferences, clicking the General tab, and then using the Default Web Browser pop-up menu at the top.

You specify your preferred email program the same way, but in Mail instead of Safari.

Yes, it's a bit peculiar that you have to visit Safari even if you want to specify that you don't want to use Safari, and you have to open Mail to opt out of using Mail. But at least you probably won't have to make these changes more than once.



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