How Can I Change My Windows Search Engine?

by Mike Benson
Easily change the engine used in the Internet Explorer search box.

Easily change the engine used in the Internet Explorer search box.

When you run the initial setup for Microsoft Windows Internet Explorer, you are given the opportunity to choose a default search provider. If you do not choose a search provider, Windows Live will automatically be selected as the default. When you type a query in the Internet Explorer search engine box, Windows will use the chosen search provider to provide the results for your query. If you are interested in using a different engine, you can change your provider preference in the Internet Explorer options.


Click "Start," and then click "Internet Explorer." Click the down-arrow next to the magnifying glass in the search box next to the address bar. This will expand a list of options.


Click "Manage Search Providers." This opens a new window that displays a list of available engines you can use.


Select a search provider from the list and then click "Set as Default." Click "Close" and reload Internet Explorer.

About the Author

Mike Benson has been a freelance writer since 2000. He has authored tech guides on eHow as well as product and game reviews on a number of websites. Benson has focused his career in information technology and is educated in COMPTIA A+, electronics, A, B, C networking, search engine evaluation and programming. Benson has a certification of computer fundamentals and literacy.

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