Why Go for Adding Search Provider to IE9
Why will anyone be adding search provider to IE9? The answer is that when you install Internet Explorer 9, Bing is set as the default search provider. This means when you search for anything using the address bar, IE9 passes the search keywords to Bing so that it can search and return the results. This is evident from the following screenshot that shows Bing on the search results page.
Please note that this is applicable only when you search from the Address bar in IE9. The new Internet Explorer from Microsoft integrates Search bar into Address bar to save on space. For details on what else is changed, please read our article - What is New in IE9.
Different people like to use different search providers for searching on Internet. Most of you might prefer Google over Bing. Of course you can always type the Google URL and search from the Google search page but this process involves several steps. If you can search Google directly from Address bar, you will be saving time. Others may want Yahoo or other search providers to return results when searching from Address bar.
To use a search provider different from Bing, you will be adding the search provider to IE9 if it is not already installed. For example, if you wish to use Google, you will have to add Google as search provider. IE9 comes with few search providers pre-installed. Thus, you may not always be adding search provider to IE9. If the search provider is already installed, all you need to do to change the default search provider is to select the search provider (Tools -> Manage Add-ons -> Search Providers) and click on Make Default.
Tip: If you do not want to change the default search provider in IE9 yet wish to use a different search provider for a particular search, type the keywords in the Address bar. When the Address bar opens drop down list showing history and search suggestions, look for the logo of the search provider at the bottom of the drop down list. If you do not find the logo of the search provider you want, you will have to add the search provider to IE9. Clicking on the logo of a particular search provider will force IE9 to send the keywords to that search provider.
The process of adding search providers to IE9 and making it your default search is easy. To understand this, we will use Google Search as example.
The next section shows how to add Google as search provider. The same method is applicable for adding any other search provider.