How to Change Default Search Engine in Chrome

Most or all users of Google Chrome would quite agree that this is the most popularly used browser in the world as of today. However, as there are quite a few browsers to choose from, so also are there quite a few search engines to choose from. The choice is ultimately that of the user but sometimes there may be a few things to consider, especially from the angle of tech experts. What you may consider may be different from what the next user may consider or may want to see or consider or even the preferences, options or features. Google Chrome obviously comes with Google as the default search engine, but a few users may want to change that. Other search engines available include Yahoo!, Bing and a few other search engines which may not have the clout of the aforementioned search engines. Choices are hard to make sometimes but the need for a robust search engine which offers the user what they require at any point in time.

For Google Chrome users, a lot may prefer the default search engine which is Google and is arguably the most used search engine in the world. Google has become the brand name for search engines and depending on who you ask, has displaced Yahoo! and others before as the most robust of all. However, like the word choices, users like to have them, and such desires need to be assuaged. But how does one even go ahead to change the default search engine on Chrome? Doing this may actually be quite simple and very fast. There are quite a few ways to do this and they are described further below;

Changing your default search engine

  • You have to firstly open the Chrome browser if it is not already open.
  • There are three solid dots in the top right-hand corner of the Chrome browser window. Go ahead and click that, it is located under the x button on the window or right next to the user profile thumbnail if one is already signed in on Chrome.
  • Next, you have to select settings.
  • Then, beneath the search engine section, go ahead and click the down arrow where the option for Search engine used in the address bar is located.
  • After this, you can then go ahead to select what search engine you will be using from the options available including Yahoo!, Bing, Ask, AOL and so on.

If the above step does not work for you, you may actually have a malware infection blocking the change and rendering the switch invalid.

You can also choose to also either add, edit or remove the other search engines available so you do not have to switch to them at any point in tie. To do this, you have to click the Manage Search Engines option which is just right below the list that contains the name of the default search engine.

Adding a Search Engine

You can choose to add a new search engine right before you switch from the old one or you can even decide to just add new search engines to your already existing list of search engines. A few have already been named above and the choice on which to deploy lies with the user. However, below is a brief description of the steps to add a search engine;

  • Firstly, you will have to scroll down to the list of default search engines already installed.
  • When you see the Other search engines button, you can then click the add button.
  • This prompts you to go ahead and fill out the name of the search engine(s), keyword(s), and the URL as well.

There are quite a few things to know about the text fields when you are adding a new search engine on Chrome. For instance, the Search Engine field is essentially the label or even the name of the search engine. The Keyword field should be populated by the text shortcut which you want to use for the search engine. You can also basically enter this keyword in the address bar so as to use the search engine in a quick manner.  The URL usually comes with %s which are used in place of query field and should include the web address to be used for the results page for the search engines. %s as they are, are used in the same place the query would usually go.

You could also use the Manage search engines arrow option which is right below the list of the default search engines and then scroll to Other Search Engines where you can then click the icon with three dots on the right-hand side. This opens a new box offering options to make default, edit or remove from the list. The option you decide on is yours based on the intent.

Google obviously has the possibility of non-exclusivity and this means you can use an entirely different search engine on the Chrome browser. Compatibility and functionality concerns are non-existent as Chrome has been designed to allow people switch their default search engines at will. Above, we have described or offered a few options on how to change the default search engine on Chrome. In the same way as you can change, you can also add new search engines or even make Google your search engine on Chrome dependent if the one you have used does not meet expectations or is not robust enough. Again, the choice is all yours. Whatever it may be, be sure you can apply the option as required and when you need to.