How do I set search default

Posted on 2001-06-21
Last Modified: 2013-12-28
When I type a word for search into the address box of internet explorer and hit enter it takes me to msn search engine by default. Can I change that to bring up Google instead??????
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ID: 6216842
Interseting question, but I don't think that can be done
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ID: 6216845
"interesting"     miss that spellcheck ...............................
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rayt333 earned 50 total points
ID: 6216851
Normally when you type 'go keyword' in the Internet Explorer address bar IE will search the web using a Microsoft selected search engine. By modifying this key you can select which search engine to use.

                  Open your registry and find the key below.

                  Modify the value of default to equal the URL for the search engine you want to use, substituting '%s' to
                  represent the keywords.

                  For example, to use AltaVista the value would be:

                  And to use Yahoo! the value would be:
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ID: 6216855
Whoops forgot the Key
Key: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\ SearchUrl]
Value Name: (Default)
Data Type: REG_SZ (String Value)

This info from :

Expert Comment

ID: 6216911
try this when online,

click the search button on the toolbar, the click customise.

a window pops up and u configure the search engine u want


Author Comment

ID: 6218086
Rodney alm, that was a great try. The only problem being that Google isn't one of the choices, and I can't find a way to enter my own info.
I haven't had the time to check out your suggestion rayt333. I will give it a try when I get home from work.

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ID: 6220135
This may sound crazy to you guys, but I am a novice that is trying to learn as much as possible about these crazy machines, but at this point I don't know how to open the registry editor. I checked out the info on the page you sent rayt333, it makes sense to me but it doesn't give step by steps on opening the registry to edit it.
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ID: 6220303
Go to START, then click on RUN, type REGEDIT and hit OK, now find the key:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\ SearchUrl

If you need more help just ask
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ID: 6220320
I am not sure which entry you need to put in the "data" but you can try one of these:

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ID: 6220743
Rayt333 I followed the path and entered in the top line which was marked (default)with no change. Then I entered the same into the line named provider, tried it once, restarted the computer, and gave it a try. There is no change at all, msn still comes up. Do you have any other ideas?
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ID: 6221708
Well I have been expermenting with that, I followed the directions exacly and still got MSN when I put a search query into the address window.
Those directions may be for an older version of IE

I did get google to come up when you click on the "search" button, I know this wasn't what you wanted but the only thing I have found so far.

Go to this key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search
And change the "data" for both "CustomizeSearch" and "SearchAssistant" to ""

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ID: 6221927
Yep, she's deeply embedded, I tried it
and the same thing happened to me.

Personally, I chose as my
home page from tools\internet options\
entering the URL in the Address Box.

Then I just type the search word into
dog piles search window.

This of course is cheap and it does not
in any means solve the underlying problem.

But make sure you back up the registry before
messing with it. Corrupt Registry = Bad Mojo
Windows only backs up for 5 days in files.


Author Comment

ID: 6260392
Sorry It's been a while guy's. I have had ISP problems and haven't been able to get back to you.
rayt333 I tried the last key you suggested, no change.
Google does have a small toolbar you can download, that sorta acomplishes what I wanted. I'm going to award you the points because you tried so hard, and we need to close this question. If you come up with anything else please add it here.
If anyone else comes up with the right answer I will award the same points.
Thank's Guys

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