How to Use Google Search as the Default for Internet Explorer 10

By default, Internet Explorer 10 and 9 use Bing as their default search engine. I like Bing and l am using it a lot more often than I used to, because their algorithms have improved over time. However, some people just want to use Google and are not interested in using Bing. For them, I have created this quick tutorial, showing how to add Google as the default search provider in Internet Explorer. This guide also works for the modern version of Internet Explorer 10, included with Windows 8 or Windows RT.

How Search Works in Internet Explorer 9 or 10

In Internet Explorer 10, searches are performed using the address bar. Type your keyword and Bing provides suggestions as you type. When you press Enter, the Bing search engine is loaded, displaying the appropriate results.

Google Search, Internet Explorer

The same principle applies for the touch oriented version of Internet Explorer, used in Windows 8 and Windows RT.

How to Add Google Search to Internet Explorer 9 or 10

Open Internet Explorer (the desktop version) and go to this link: Google Search - Internet Explorer Gallery. This is the official Google Search addon for Internet Explorer.

Google Search, Internet Explorer

Click or tap "Add to Internet Explorer" and you are asked whether you would like to add this search provider. Before you press Add check the boxes for "Make this my default search provider" and "Use search suggestions from this provider".

Google Search, Internet Explorer

Google is now used as your search provider in Internet Explorer.

To test if all is OK, type 7 Tutorials in the address bar. You will see that Google suggestions are automatically displayed. If you press Enter, the Google search engine is loaded, displaying the appropriate search results.

Google Search, Internet Explorer

What’s great about this addon is that it also works with the touch oriented version of Internet Explorer, existing in Windows 8 and Windows RT. Type your search terms in the address bar and Google will be used to perform the search instead of Bing.

Google Search, Internet Explorer

However, you cannot add this addon from the modern version of Internet Explorer. If you try this, a message is displayed, saying: "The site www.iegallery.com uses add-ons that require Internet Explorer on the desktop". You need to tap on Open so that the desktop version is loaded.

Google Search, Internet Explorer

Then, follow the steps mentioned above.

Conclusion

As you can see from this guide, adding Google as your default search provider in Internet Explorer is not difficult at all. If you are looking for other useful add-ons or tips and tricks about Internet Explorer, don’t hesitate to read the articles recommended below. Even though many of them were created with Internet Explorer 9, they work just as well in Internet Explorer 10.