Change Internet Explorer's Default Search Engine
By Stephen Bucaro
Remember, long ago, when Internet search actually provided you with the most
relevant results? Then search providers discovered that they could get paid for putting
advertising, disquised as search results, at the top of the results. Today, Internet
search is a 20 billion plus dollar industry and growing fast.
Naturally, the operating system monopoly Microsoft is not going to let this kind of
money go to someone else. In Internet Explorer, the default search engine is Microsoft's
Live Search. In Internet Explorer version 7, Microsoft makes it real inconvenient
to change to a different default search engine. In fact, to do it, you're required to go
to a Microsoft webpage.
I'm not sure what percentage of people use Internet Explorer's search text box rather
than a search engine from their "Favorites" list, or the search box available on almost
every Web site, but if it's high, as more people adopt Windows Vista, Google is going to
lose their under-pants. They need to expedite the release of the Google operating system and
offer it free, along with copious information and free technical support.
Here's How to Change Internet Explorer's Default Search Engine
1. In Internet Explorer's main menu or toolbar, choose Tools |Internet Options.
2. In the Internet Options dialog box that appears, in the Search
section, click on the [Settings] button.
3. In the Change Search Defaults dialog box that appears, if Google.com
is in the Search Providers: list (unlikely), then click on it to select it, and
then click on the [Set Default] button. Then click on the [OK] button.
4. If Google.com is not in the list of Search Providers:, then click on
the "Find more providers" link at the bottom of the dialog box. No - you just can't just
type "google.com" into the list. You have to go to Microsoft's Web site.