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With around a billion search requests per day, from every corner of the world (including Antarctica), Google Search is undoubtedly the supreme ruler amongst major search providers. It supports more than eighty languages, including Klingon, and boasts many features that help us streamline search results.
Like many users around the world, I love Google, but I have to first type in its URL on my browser address bar, wait for the logo to appear and then enter my search term. How do I make Google my search engine so that I can type searches into the address bar and get results quickly? Thankfully, tweaking the settings of any browser to do this is very easy. Here's a simple guide that will help you set Google as your instant search provider on your browser.
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Add Google Search to Internet Explorer
IE Version 6
- Just above the address bar, you will see the Search button. Click on it.
- Click on customize and select Google in the search provider for address bar searches box.
- Click OK to close the Window. You can now search information by entering search terms directly in the IE6 address bar.
Internet Explorer Version 7:
- In the upper right corner of your browser, locate the search box. Beside, you will see a magnifying glass icon. Click the down arrow next to the icon.
- Next, click on Change Search Defaults
- Select the search engine of your choice and then click on the Set Default button. Click Okay. You will now add it to the Internet Explorer 7.
IE Version 8:
Find the search box in the upper right corner of your browser. You will see the down arrow next to the magnifying glass icon. Click the down arrow and select Manage Search Providers
You will find your favorite search provider listed along with Bing and Wikipedia. Click Google and click on the Set Default button. Close the window.
Internet Explorer Version 9:
Like Chrome, the IE 9 web browser allows users to type in the search query directly in the address bar and get results. By default, the search provider is Bing and if you want to change it to Google Search just follow these steps:
On the address bar, click on the down menu located beside the search icon (magnifying glass).
Click the Add button to add your favorite search engine
A new tab will open and display the Add-ons gallery. You will find several search providers. Select Google Search. You will see a window pop up. Select make this my default search provider and click Add.
Now type in the search term in the address box and down below, you will see the Google logo. Make sure you have turned on search suggestions.
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Mozilla Firefox and Chrome
Click Options and then click the Basics tab.
In the Default Search section, click the Manage button
Select your favorite search engine and then click on the Make Default button. Click close.
Now whenever you type a search term on the Chrome address bar, it will show the default search results.
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On the upper right corner of your browser, find the search box. Click on the down arrow and select Google from the drop-down list.
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- Screenshots taken by the author
- This how-to guide is based on author's experience and Microsoft Internet Explore, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome Help Menu.