Make Google Your Default Search Engine

This tech-recipe contains registry edits for making Google your default search.


The Windows search button in the top toolbar brings up the search channel on the side of the screen. Usually, it defaults to Microsoft’s search engine, but others are available.

Interestingly enough, Google is not.

Here are Google’s registry imports to set Google as your default search engine in your search channel. Simply click on them to download, select Open, and then reboot when you are finished. If you do not like one, you can try the other. These three files all edit the registry in the same place and will override each other safely.

For those of you who wish to understand why this works, the above registry imports edit the appropriate area of the registry. The steps below will help you do this manually.

Microsoft explains this registry editing in this knowledge base article.

Notice that the Microsoft support article does not mention Google. You can manually change this to Google, however. Use regedit to change the default value of the following registry key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchUrl

    to

www.google.com/search?q=%s

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  • Anonymous

    This is far too complicated. Can’t you (or someone with a brain that functions at least a little better than mine) come up with a simpler, viable, workable solution?

  • http://ToolsThatHeal.com Bruce

    Hi thanks, “Open” means nothing. Was “open in a new window” what you meant? Seems likely. What does the corresponding reg entry look like for Firefox? It’s not obvious to me; but then, I do have a default search engine problem.