macOS Tip: Open the URL or link from anywhere

Do you want to open a website, URL or link quickly without opening the browser first? You can do this with a spotlight and dock link!

You are at work right now and it occurs to you that you are with Sir Apfelot the latest newsreel read, the current cyber deals want to look at or quickly check something else on the Internet? Then it's sure to tear you out of the workflow if you first have to open the web browser, search for it from the launchpad overview or take other steps, right? That's why I've put together two tricks for you to use to open links, URLs and websites from (almost) anywhere in macOS as well as from all apps and menus.

Do you want to open a website, URL or link quickly without opening the browser first? You can do this with a spotlight and dock link!

Do you want to open a website, URL or link quickly without opening the browser first? You can do this with a spotlight and dock link!

Open the URL on the Mac in macOS Spotlight

The first tip or trick is probably the fastest way to open a website on a Mac. Simply use the Spotlight search, which you can either use the magnifying glass in the menu bar or (even faster) with the Keyboard shortcut cmd + space bar can call. Have you opened Spotlight, then simply type or paste the URL you are looking for and press Enter. The corresponding website opens in the default browser. The standard browser on the Apple Mac is “Safari”, unless you have specified a different one (Chrome, Firefox, Opera).

Place the website in the dock

Is there a website that you visit again and again - for the latest news, deals and discounts or just to read the latest blog posts? Or is it a deep link, i.e. a long link that leads to a specific subpage of a website and that you don't know by heart? Then you can call up this URL quickly and from anywhere in macOS without Spotlight or other input. Open the page once in the browser of your choice, mark the URL in the address bar of the app and then drag it to the dock. You can also drag the symbol to the left of the URL into the dock to place the page there for quick access. Once stored, the page can be displayed again and again with just one click;)

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2 comments

  1. Michael Rabus says:

    I have provided links to websites in my notes for quick access. By default I use Safari, but some pages only work with a certain browser, e.g. Firefox.

    How can I insert a link that will open Firefox to a webpage when Firefox is not the default browser?
    Is that possible?

    • sir appleot says:

      Hi Michael! I have something for you: Choosy. I got to know the app a few months ago and is probably exactly what you're looking for: https://www.choosyosx.com/
      There you can define a specific browser for certain websites and in the future these websites will always open in your chosen browser. Alternatively, Choosy can always ask you which browser you would like to use.

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