How To: Change the default search provider in Internet Explorer

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Internet Explorer Search Providers List

The default search engine in Internet Explorer has been Bing for a long time now. It is of course very reasonable that Microsoft would bundle their own search engine with the browser but not many appreciate it. While Bing has its merits, there are tons of people out there that use different search engines like the ever-popular Google. Additionally, because of the way Internet Explorer works, it is not completely obvious how to change the engine like it is in other popular browsers.

Once you do know how to do it once though, it is very easy to remember. Without further ado, launch your Internet Explorer and let us see how you can change Bing to another search engine. Look for the gear icon near the top right corner, click on it and select the “Manage add-ons” option. Go to Search Providers and click on the link that reads “Find more search providers”.

Internet Explorer Search Providers

There will be an IE add-on gallery with a variety of search engines to choose from. Click on the one you’d prefer to add and on the next page, click on the “Add to Internet Explorer” button. You should now get a pop up asking you if you would like to make that your default search engine so check the appropriate box and click on Add. If not, you will be redirected to the screen where you manage the search providers and you will be able to change it there.

Internet Explorer Add-on Gallery

You are now done! Feel free to close any remaining open windows and start searching with your favorite provider. In case you cannot search directly from the address box, go back to the Search Providers menu and check the box that reads “Search in the address bar”.