Change Internet Explorer's Default Search Engine

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.

Change Search Defaults dialog box

3. In the Change Search Defaults dialog box that appears, if 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 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 "" into the list. You have to go to Microsoft's Web site.

5. On Microsoft's Search Providers webpage, in the Web Search list, click on Google. (If these search providers aren't already paying hefty royalties to be listed on this page, they soon will be.)

Add Search Provider dialog box

6. In the Add Search Provider dialog box that appears, set the checkbox next to [x] Make this my default search provider. Then click on the [Add provider] button.

Next time you type a search term into Internet Explorer's Search text box, the results will come from Google. If you like, open the Change Search Defaults dialog box again, except this time, select Live Search and then click on the [Remove] button.

If Google doesn't wake up soon, Microsoft will become the Operating System and Internet Search monopoly. But we can choose to not support this monopoly by changing Internet Explorer's default search engine.

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