How to Change the Default Search Engine in Google Chrome

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.

Use the Manage Search Engines button to set a new default search engine.
Use the Manage Search Engines button to set a new default search engine. (Image courtesy of Google)
Step 1:

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

The Chrome Menu button is located in the top-right corner.
The Chrome Menu button is located in the top-right corner. (Image courtesy of Google)
Step 2:

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

Open the Settings panel.
Open the Settings panel. (Image courtesy of Google)
Step 3:

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.

Depending on your browser, you may not need to scroll down.
Depending on your browser, you may not need to scroll down. (Image courtesy of Google)
Step 4:

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

Set the new search engine as the default.
Set the new search engine as the default. (Image courtesy of Google)
Step 5:

Click the "Done" button to save your changes.

Save your changes.
Save your changes. (Image courtesy of Google)
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Tips & Warnings

  • If the search engine you want isn’t listed, use the Manage Search Engines window to add it. Scroll down to the bottom of the Manage Search Engines window and enter the required details for the new search engine in the provided fields. Once you’ve added the engine, hover over it on the list of available search engines and click “Make Default” to set it as the default.
  • If you’re using Chrome on a smartphone or tablet, you change your default search engine slightly differently. Tap the “Menu” icon in the top corner of the browser and touch “Settings” to load the Settings panel. Tap “Search Engine” under the Basics heading and choose the browser you want to set as your default.

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