IE9: How Do I Add or Change Search Engines?

   Posted September 22, 2010 by Lê Hoàng in Browsers

Internet Explorer 9 defaults to Bing as the search provider. However, many users want to use Google, Yahoo, or an alternative search engine instead. This tutorial shows how to add/remove search providers in IE9.


1. Launch IE9 and type a search term in the address bar. When the suggestions appear, click on Add at the bottom.

2. You will be redirected to Add on’s gallery page. To add a search provider, click on Add to Internet Explorer.

3. When the Add Search Provider window pops up, click on OK to add. If you want to set it as your default search provider, check Make this my default search provider.


1. Press Alt while in IE9 to access the Toolbar.

2. Go to Tools->Manage add-ons.

3. Switch to Search Providers section on the left side, choose a search provider on the right side and choose if you wish toSet as default or Remove.

4. Click on Close to close the window.


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  • TeeC

    You can add your own custom search providers to the IE9 address bar using the same tool that was available in previous versions of IE: allows you to add custom search providers including localised search egines. MS have just chosen to remove this from the IE9 Add-Ons gallery.
    This allows you to add custom search providers including localised search egines. MS have just chosen to remove this from the IE9 Add-Ons gallery.

  • Martin

    The option’s now been removed as well.  Switching to Firefox instead.

  • May H8

    when i try to do any of the above,it doesn’t work

  • DocTerry

    Actually, this doesn’t work anymore if you want Google (and who doesn’t?) as your search engine. Not only does Microsoft omit Google as one of the options, when you use the sites search button–it still doesn’t find Google.

    I also tried the website noted above, but that didn’t work either.

    I found this site that does it:

  • Rachel

    I am trying to remove Swagbucks as a search provider but the remove button shows as an unclickable button when I select Swagbucks from the list in manage add-ons. It will work on all the other search providers why not the one I want to remove?

  • izvarin

    on addon page changed my country from UK to US.
    Was finally able to reach google accelerators.

  • Daniel

    Protectionism at it’s worst. It’s also anti-competetive. Most people use Google as a search engine because it provides the best results.

    Bing is a joke, but it’s Microsoft’s baby so gets special treatment. This is exactly why MS still has lawsuits in the EU and Far East dealing with bundling IE and Media Player.

    The above link from DocTerry works to find Google. You just have to take your mouse to the right of the screen and it will scroll the search results to the right…keep going until you hit Google.

  • Brock

    Switch my search engine to Google as per previous postings. When I entered a simple topic in the location (address) bar I normally, not always, get “IE cannot display the webpage”.

    If I enter the same search into the Google webpage I will get results.

    Did I miss something when I switch search engines?

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  • Dan

    Im from Australia,
    so because Microsoft only shows English (Australian) results I don’t get google.
    I had to change my language to English (US) to get google.

    here is the direct link (as of 7/9/12) to the google addin: