Wednesday, 16 May 2012

How to run Google searches from addresss bar in Internet Explorer

In Internet Explorer, Bing is the default search. But Google search is better than Bing. But there is no option to change it and add Google as default search from address bar of Internet Explorer. So we have to go to to search from Google. But we can do some registry hacks to add Google as a default address bar search in Internet Explorer.

Before trying these steps, backup your registry

Follow these steps to add Google searches to addresss bar in Internet Explorer
  • Click on start, and then on Run.
  • Type REGEDIT and press enter to open registry editor.
  • Now go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER -->Software -->Microsoft -->Internet Explorer -->SearchUrl
  • Double-click (Default) and type in the value:
  • Click OK
  • Double-click provider and type in the value. If provider is not listed, make the key yourself.gogl
  • Now Click OK
  • Back on the left side, click once on Main and Double-click on AutoSearch and type in a value of 4.
  • Now Close the registry editor 

Start Internet explorer. And try a search direct from the address bar of internet explorer.

If you are not sure how to edit the registry, you can use the following code.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchUrl]

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main]

Save the file as google.reg. 

To add these information to registry to Windows, click YES to enter the information into the registry.


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