Google Chrome is a great web browser that offers many customization options to get the best user experience. While the default omnibox or address bar offers the best Google search results, there may be some of you who prefer Bing, or Yahoo! search results, or even something completely different. There may even be times when your browser is taken over by a dodgy toolbar, such as the Babylon toolbar, and automatically changed your default search engine settings.
Whatever be the reason, and whatever be your choice of search engine, Chrome offers you simple options to change the default search engine settings. And, unlike Firefox, you don’t have to tweak your config settings to change the default search engine. Here’s a quick guide as to how its done in Chrome.
How to Change the Default Search Engine in Google Chrome
1. On the Chrome browser, click the Customize and control Google Chrome button. It is the button with the like three short horizontal lines and is located at the top right hand corner of your browser window.
2. From the pop up menu, select Settings.
3. In the next screen, scroll down, and in the Search section, from the drop-down list, select the search engine you want.
4. If you don’t find a search engine provider that you want, you can add one. Just click the Manage search engines button.
5. In the Search engines screen, in the Other search engines section, select the search engine provider you need. When you highlight your choice, a contextual Make default button will appear. Click the button.
6. If you still cannot find the search engine provider you are looking for, at the bottom of the dialog box, in the Add a new search engine field, input the name of the search provider, a keyword, and a URL.
When you see the name added to the list, click Make default and then click Done.
You have just learned to change and manage search engines in Chrome.
If you are looking to change the default search engine in Internet Explorer, check out this post.