How to Make Google My Default Search Engine

by Leonardo R. Grabkowski

Google is the most-commonly used search engine, holding roughly 65 percent of the market share as of January 2010, according to a report by Comscore. It's not even necessary to visit Google's website to perform a search. The most common web browsers have built-in search boxes, and they allow you to customize the search box using the search provider of your choice. No matter which web browser you use, however, setting Google as your default search provider takes only a minute.

Mozilla Firefox

1

Open Mozilla Firefox.

2

Click on the arrow to the left of your Firefox search box in the upper right corner.

3

Select "Google" from the drop-down menu to set it as your default search engine.

Google Chrome

1

Click on the wrench icon to open the "Tools" menu.

2

Click on "Options," then select the "Basics" tab.

3

Click on the "Default Search" menu. Click on "Google" to set it as your default search engine.

Internet Explorer

1

Click on the arrow to the right of the Internet Explorer search box.

2

Select "Manage Search Providers" and click on "Google."

3

Click the "Set as Default" button to set Google as your default search engine, then close the search menu.

Safari

1

Click on the Safari icon to open the menu.

2

Select "Preferences" to view the options box.

3

Select "Google" from the drop-down menu next to "Default Search Engine."

About the Author

Leonardo R. Grabkowski has been writing professionally for more than four years. Grabkowski attended college in Oregon. He builds websites on the side and has a slight obsession with Drupal, Joomla and Wordpress.

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