Set Internet Explorers default search

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by Kevin Ar18, Jun 30, 2002.

  1. Kevin Ar18

    Kevin Ar18 OSNN Senior Addict

    Is there any way to change Internet Explorers default search method? For example when you type something into the address bar and it's not a URL it will end up searching on MSN. Can it be changed?
  2. tmcgann

    tmcgann Guest

    Drill down to the following key in your registry and replace the URL with whatever search engine you want.

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search

    There are two keys you need to edit:

    - CustomizeSearch
    - SearchAssistant

    I've set mine to Google, you can use whatever.

    P.S. If you aren't familiar with editing your registry, PLEASE make a backup copy first!

  3. Kevin Ar18

    Kevin Ar18 OSNN Senior Addict

    What's the exact lines you put in?

    I wanna use Google as well.

    I also have IE setup the following way:

    g words_to_search == searches google
    y words_to_search == searches yahoo
    I use it a lot that way
  4. tmcgann

    tmcgann Guest

    I've included a screenshot of my registry keys from RegEdit showing what I replaced.