How to Change the Search Provider From the Address Bar

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Firefox and Internet Explorer are the two most widely used web browsers and both contain a search box built into the address bar. If you have a preferred search engine, you can change the default search provider by using the configuration menu in Firefox or directly from the toolbar in Internet Explorer.

Using Firefox 3

  • Launch Firefox.

  • Enter "about:config" without the quotation marks in the address bar and press "Enter."

  • Scroll down to the entry named "keyword.url" and double-click on that line. Enter one of the following search strings into the text box, minus the punctuation, and click "OK."

    To change your search engine to Yahoo, enter "http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=."
    To change your search engine to Google, enter "http://www.google.com/search?&q=."
    To change your search engine to Bing, enter "http://www.bing.com/search?q=."

Using Internet Explorer

  • Launch Internet Explorer.

  • Click the arrow icon in the right-hand corner of the search box and select "Manage Search Providers" if you are using Internet Explorer 8. If you are using Internet Explorer 7, click "Change Search Defaults."

  • Select one of the search providers listed, or click "Find More Search Providers" to launch a list of available search engines. If you choose to find a different search engine, click the "Add to Internet Explorer Button" beneath the description of the provider that you want to use.

  • Click "Set as Default" in the "Manage Search Providers" window to change the search provider to a new one that you have selected.

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