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How to change the default search engine in Internet Explorer IE8 from Bing to Google

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Well I do not hate Bing deep in my heart but I love Google. And I know it the same with my other friends. Many of us want to change the default search engine of IE 8 to Google.

Follow the below steps to change the default search engine in IE8:

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Click on the triangle on the right side of the search box in IE 8 window and you’ll get a little menu of options to appear:

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Choose "Manage Search Providers" and it’ll pop up a window with your current search providers and a bunch of other customizable add-ons and settings:

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It’s hard to see, but at the bottom there’s a link for "Find more search providers…". That’s what you want. Click on it and it’ll take you to one of Microsoft’s lesser known sites: IE Add Ons.com (specifically for search helpers):

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Scroll down or search the site to find Google. The entry is a bit curiously worded:

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Click on the big "Add to Internet Explorer" button and as you would hope, a security confirmation window shows up:

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Check the “make this my default search provider”. Now click on "Add" to continue and the process will complete and you can see Google on the search box.

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4 thoughts on “How to change the default search engine in Internet Explorer IE8 from Bing to Google”

  1. Ganesh singh says:

    Hi, Thank you ..was a very elaborate post and I liked it very much …keep the Good work on

  2. Goatlips says:

    It didn’t change the Bing search box because the Google add on was an ‘Accelerator’ and it needed to be a ‘Search Provider’. When I click on Tools in the browser and manage add-ons Bing is the only thing in the Search Provider area! :(

  3. Goatlips says:

    You need to go here and use the Google link on the left side: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/searchguide/en-en/default.mspx#

  4. MindTree says:

    * Open registry editor
    * Search for “https://www.bing.com/search?q=”
    * You will find an entry under
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/Search Scopes/{…..}”
    * Replace “https://www.bing.com/search?q=” with “https://www.google.co.in/search?q=”. Please make sure you keep rest of the URL same.
    * Restart IE

    Thats it. Not your default search is google :-)

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