How To Change Search Engine

Have you ever wondered how to change search engine settings for your browser? The process for changing the search setting in Firefox and Internet Explorer are similar but not exactly the same. Users who use a lesser browser such as Apple Safari or Google Chrome can switch their browser of choice to a more popular one if they want to use these instructions. The instructions for the superior browser that does not support a modern-day monopoly is listed first.

Changing the Search Engine in Firefox

Open Firefox and look in the upper right hand corner of the screen. Firefox versions 3.5 and later have a box to the right of the navigation bar with a pull-down menu. 

  1. Move your mouse to the left side of this box to open the pull down menu
  2. Change the search engine you want to use by clicking on the list. You can select Yahoo, Ask, Google, MSN, Bing, Ebay and Wikipedia.
  3. Hit enter to conduct your searchChange the list by using the manage search engine options.

Changing the Search Engine in Internet Explorer

Changing the default search options in Internet Explorer takes a little more effort. Internet Explorer 7 and Internet Explorer 8 require the user to change the default settings in the registry. People who do not love using Microsoft Live Search should follow these instructions to change it from Google.

  1. Click on the start menu.
  2. Select the run option.
  3. Type regedit into the dialog box that comes up. Regedit lets you change system settings.
  4. Find this registry key and remove it: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{0633EE93-D776-472f-A0FF-E1416B8B2E3A}]
  5. Replace the removed registry key with this line to change the setting to Google: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes]“DefaultScope”=”{D7B1C611-82A1-484D-84A9-D35E6941C0EE}”“Version”=dword:00000001[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{D7B1C611-82A1-484D-84A9-D35E6941C0EE}]“DisplayName”=”Google”“URL”=”{searchTerms}&meta=”“Codepage”=dword:0000fde9

Changing the setting in later Internet Explorer versions is more difficult than changing it in Firefox. A user does not have to use the default setting in either browser if she does not wish to do so.


Change Internet Explorer Settings

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