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Make Google Internet Explorers Primary Search Engine

Posted On 2007-12-27 by FortyPoundHead
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When you want to search for something on the Internet, you`d normally navigate to a search engine using Internet Explorer. But you can also just type your query into Internet Explorer`s Address bar, and press the Enter key.

By default, Internet Explorer will use Microsoft`s MSN search engine to execute your search. Since Google is the favorite search engine of many people, here is how to change Internet Explorer`s preference from MSN to Google:


  1. Start the Registry Editor

  2. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Internet Explorer \ Main

  3. Double-click the Search Page value, and in the Value data box enter http://www.google.com (overwriting the existing entry)

  4. Select New > String Value from the Edit menu

  5. Name the new value Search Bar

  6. Double-click the Search Bar value, and in the Value data box enter
  7. http://www.google.com/ie
  8. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Internet Explorer \ SearchURL

  9. Double-click the (Default) value, and in the Value data box enter http://www.google.com/keyword/%s

  10. Select the key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Internet Explorer
  11. Select New > Key from the Edit menu

  12. Name the new key Search

  13. With the Search key selected, Select Select New > String Value from the Edit menu

  14. Name the new value SearchAssistant

  15. Double-click the SearchAssistant value, and in the Value data box enter http://www.google.com/ie

  16. Close the registry editor


Note: For this to work, make sure that Do not search from the Address bar is not selected on the Advanced tab from Tools > Internet Options.


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