How to change your browser's default search engine

Updated: 02/01/2021 by Computer Hope
Internet browsers

Each Internet browser uses a default search engine. When you type a query into the address bar, a specific search service (e.g., Google, Bing, Yahoo!, etc.) sends you the results. If you don't care for the search engine that comes with your preferred browser, you may change it. To proceed, select the appropriate Internet browser from the list below and follow the instructions.

Chrome

Google Chrome

  1. Open the Chrome browser.
  2. Select Customize and control Google Chrome Customize and control Google Chrome button in the upper-right corner of the screen.
  3. In the drop-down menu, select Settings.

Settings selector in Chrome.

  1. On the left side of the screen, click the Search engine option.

Search engine selector in Chrome.

  1. In the Search engine section, click the Manage search engines selector.

Manage search engines selector in Chrome.

  1. Under Manage search engines, a list of the available search engines in Chrome is displayed.

List of search engines in Chrome.

Edit search engine settings

Clicking the Chrome menu icon. icon next to a non-default entry allows you to change the default search engine, edit its title and keyword, or remove it from the list.

Search engine options in Chrome.

Add a search engine

If you don't like any of the search engines currently listed, you may add a new one by clicking the Add button in Chrome. button and filling out a form.

Adding a search engine to Chrome.

Note

Any newly-added search engine is listed under the Other search engines section.

Firefox

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Open the Firefox browser.
  2. Click the Firefox Menu icon in the upper-right corner of the screen.
  3. In the drop-down menu, select Options.

Options selector in Firefox.

  1. Select Search from the menu on the left side of the screen.

Firefox search selector.

  1. In the main window, locate the Default Search Engine section, and click the down arrow in the box below it.

Changing the search engine in Firefox.

  1. Select a new default search engine from the drop-down menu.

List of available search engines in Firefox.

Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge

  1. Open the Microsoft Edge browser.
  2. Click the Settings and more icon Microsoft Edge More menu in the upper-right corner of the browser window.
  3. In the drop-down menu, select Settings.

Settings selector in Edge.

  1. Under the Settings section on the left, click Privacy, search, and services.

Site permissions selector

  1. Scroll down to the bottom of the page. In the Services section, click Address bar and search.

Address bar and search selector.

  1. Under the Privacy, search, and services / Address bar and search section, at the bottom, click Manage search engines.

Manage search engines selector in Edge.

  1. Under Address bar and search / Manage search engines, there is a list of available search engines in Edge.

List of search engines in Edge.

Edit search engine settings

Clicking the Edge menu icon icon next to a non-default entry allows you to change the default search engine, edit its title and keyword, or remove it from the list.

Search engine options in Edge.

Add a search engine

If you don't like any of the search engines currently listed, you may add a new one by clicking the Add button in Edge. button and filling out a form.

Adding a search engine to Edge.

Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge Legacy

  1. Open the Microsoft Edge Legacy browser.
  2. In the upper-right corner, select the More Edge More button button.
  3. In the drop-down menu, select Settings.

Settings selector in Edge.

  1. In the next window, scroll to the bottom and select View advanced settings.
  2. Look for the Search in the address bar with option. Below that text, click the Change search engine button.
  3. Choose your new default search engine, then select Set as default.
Internet Explorer

Microsoft Internet Explorer

  1. Open the Microsoft Internet Explorer browser.
  2. In the upper-right corner, click the gear Internet Explorer Tools icon icon.
  3. In the drop-down menu, select Manage add-ons.

Manage add-ons selector in Internet Explorer.

  1. On the left side of the window that appears, click Search Providers.

Search Providers selector in Internet Explorer.

  1. Choose a search engine from the middle section, then click the Set as default button. button.

Changing the default search engine in Internet Explorer.

Opera

Opera

  1. Open the Opera browser.
  2. Click the Opera menu button button in the upper-left corner of the screen.
  3. In the drop-down menu, select Settings.

Settings selector

  1. In the Settings window, scroll down to the Search engine section and click the Manage search engines selector.

Manage search engines selector in Opera.

  1. Under Manage search engines, there is a list of the available search engines in Opera.

List of search engines in Chrome.

Change default search engine

You can change the default search engine by clicking the Chrome menu icon. icon next to any of the non-default entries, and then selecting Make default.

Make default selector in Opera.

Add a search engine

If you don't like any of the search engines currently listed, you may add a new one by clicking the Add button in Chrome. button and filling out a form.

Adding a search engine to Opera.

Note

Any newly-added search engine is listed under the Other search engines section.

Safari

Safari

  1. Open the Safari browser.
  2. Select Safari selector from the menu bar in the top-left corner of the screen.
  3. In the drop-down menu, select Preferences.

Safari preferences

  1. In the Preferences window, select the Search tab (A), then click the box next to Search engine (B).

Search tab in Safari.

  1. Select a new default search engine from the drop-down menu.

Search engine list in Safari.