How to Change the Default Search Engine in Google Chrome

By Andrew Tennyson

Use the Manage Search Engines button to set a new default search engine.
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Version 41 of Google Chrome has a dedicated Settings panel through which you can customize many of the browser’s features, including the default search engine. Use the Chrome Menu button in the top-right corner of the browser to access the Settings panel.

Step 1

The Chrome Menu button is located in the top-right corner.
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Click the three-line “Chrome Menu” button in the top corner of any Chrome browser window.

Step 2

Open the Settings panel.
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Select “Settings” to open Chrome’s Settings panel.

Step 3

Depending on your browser, you may not need to scroll down.
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Scroll down to the Search section of the Settings panel and click the “Manage Search Engines” button. When you click this button, Chrome displays a list of search engines currently set up for use in Chrome.

Step 4

Set the new search engine as the default.
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Hover your mouse over the search engine you want to set as your new default and then click the “Make Default” button.

Step 5

Save your changes.
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Click the "Done" button to save your changes.