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Internet Explorer 11 of Windows 8.1 uses the Bing.com as the default search provider but, Bing doesn’t always prove to be effective in searches. Although, Bing.com is far more useful (as per my analysis) in different searches but, some people don’t like to use Bing as their default search provider.

For those of you who want to use the Internet Explorer 11 with Google or some other search engine as the default search provider won’t be disappointed. Changing the default search provider of IE 11 is very easy and takes seconds.

Follow the instructions below to change the default search provider of Internet Explorer 11 from Bing to Google or some other search engine.

Instructions:

  • First of all, open up the Internet Explorer 11 of Windows 8.1. Once opened, press the ‘down arrow’ just beside ‘search‘ icon on the address bar.
  • The drop down menu will open. Here press the ‘Add’ button (refer the screenshot below).

How to change the search provider of Internet Explorer 11 from Bing to Google

  • You would be taken to Internet Explorer gallery where the available search providers will be showed.

How to change the search provider of Internet Explorer 11 from Bing to Google

  • Here select Google or some other search provider. You would be taken to the search provider details page.

 

  • Press the ‘Add to Internet Explorer’ button. You would be showed a small pop-up menu which would ask for the confirmation to add the search provider to IE.

Tip: You can also select to choose the search provider as default search engine of IE.

How to change the search provider of Internet Explorer 11 from Bing to Google

  • Press ‘Add’ and the search provider will be added as the default search engine.
  • Now, whenever you search, the newly added search provider will be used for search process.

How to change the search provider of Internet Explorer 11 from Bing to Google

  • That’s all! Enjoy using the new search provider for all your searches.

You can watch the video below for the same process.

You may visit our Tips & Tweaks section for more tips, tricks and tweaks about Windows 8.1.

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  • Tom kelly

    thanks! +1

  • Phil

    This does not work as-is with IE11. . . . You get the “set as default” for the accelerator only, but no search provider tick box.

    To fix this, you need to add the site “iegallery.com” to the Compatibility View list. It will then work as listed in this article.

    I now have a head-shaped dent in my desk from trying to get this thing to work as it should. Sad to say that this is not the first MS page I have come across where they have just not been bothered to update their code to work with their new IE version.

    • http://www.windows8core.com/ Ahmad Wahid

      Hey there, just checked this on my Windows 8.1 Update 1 PC’s with IE11 and this trick still works. Can you provide more details so that I can help you out.

      • Phil

        Maybe this is something to do with machines joined to domains, or being affected by policies, but I have seen this on many Win 8.x units, and I think on Win7 as well, though I can’t confirm that right now.

        I have attached the prompt image. This is generated if Compatibility View is off. This particular image came from a machine where Google was installed using the Compatibility View, then removed again, so this is a persistent problem. Note that I am NOT saying this only happens on machines where Google is installed, then uninstalled etc. It happens on fresh installs as well.

        • http://www.windows8core.com/ Ahmad Wahid

          Thanks for sharing. Will test it and let you know the solution.