How to set or change default search engine

Updated: 11/13/2018 by Computer Hope

Internet browsersWhether you install a new Internet browser, or use the one that came with your computer, it has a default search engine. Luckily, you may change it to a different search engine if desired. Once this action has been performed, any searches you type into the address bar will utilize the newly selected search engine. To proceed, choose the appropriate Internet browser from the list below and follow the instructions.

Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge

If you are using Microsoft Edge, follow these steps.

  1. Open the Microsoft Edge browser.
  2. In the upper-right corner, select the More Edge More button button.
  3. Select Settings from the bottom of the drop-down menu that appears.
  4. In the next window, scroll to near the bottom and select View advanced settings.
  5. Look for the Search in the address bar with option. Underneath that text, select the button labeled Change search engine.
  6. Choose your new default search engine, then select Set as default.
Internet Explorer

Microsoft Internet Explorer

If you are using Internet Explorer, follow these steps.

  1. Open the Microsoft Internet Explorer browser.
  2. Click the arrow Internet Explorer search icon to the right of the search box or search icon.
  3. Click Manage Search Providers.
  4. Choose your new default search engine, click Set as default, and then Close.
Firefox

Mozilla Firefox

If you are using Firefox, follow these steps.

  1. Open the Firefox browser.
  2. Select Menu Firefox Menu in the upper-right corner of the screen.
  3. Select Options from the menu that appears.
  4. Select Search from the menu on the left side of the screen.
  5. In the main window, locate the Default Search Engine section, and then select the down arrow in the box below it.
  6. Choose the new default search engine of your choice then close the tab.
Chrome

Google Chrome

If you are using Google Chrome, follow these steps.

  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. Select Settings from the drop-down menu that appears.
  4. In the new tab that opens, under Settings, locate the Search section.
  5. Choose a discovered search engine by selecting the arrow next to the box or you may add a new search engine by selecting Manage search engines button - Chrome.
Opera

Opera

If you are using the Opera browser, follow these steps.

  1. Open the Opera browser.
  2. Click the The menu button in Opera. button in the upper-left corner of the window.
  3. From the drop-down menu, select Settings, and then in the window that appears to the left, select Browser.
  4. In the main window, locate the Search section.
  5. Choose a discovered search engine by selecting the arrow next to the box or you may add a new search engine by selecting Manage search engines button - Opera.
Safari

Safari

If you are using Safari, follow these steps.

  1. Open the Safari browser.
  2. Select Safari from the menu bar at the top-left corner of the screen.
  3. In the drop-down menu that appears, select Preferences...
  4. In the new window, select the Search tab, and then the up and down arrows to choose your new default Internet browser.