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Set OS X web search site via Classic Classic
In Jaguar (10.2), the system default search page is not accessible in the Internet prefs pane, and is set as This pref can still be changed, however, by opening the Internet Control panel in Classic. At the top, select "Mac OS X" as the "active set" and click on the "web" tab. Now you can change botb the the default search page, as well as several other system preferences which are no longer accessable through the OS X System Preferences.

[Editor's note: I was definitely able to set the search page this way, but I'm not sure what effect it might have had -- can anyone confirm that this does, indeed, work as expected and changes the search page in OS X apps?]
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If you don't have OS 9 installed...
Authored by: gospodin_david on Dec 09, '02 12:34:15PM

If, like me, you don't have OS 9 installed (non-preemptive multitasking, EWW!) you can just modify the in your Library with Property List or whatever editor you like (e.g. vi, sed, BBEdit, etc.). The key is called WebSearchPagePrefs.

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What About Other Things
Authored by: hackamacj on Dec 09, '02 02:11:33PM

If you look inside some of the stuff in BBEdit, like the little globe icon, you can see that there is much more to change, i.e. News Preferences and Gopher Preferences (whatever that is) I just wish there was a way to change these, but it seems that they are grayed out in BBedit, what does this mean?

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