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Thread: Default search engine in IE6 - changing it?




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    Typing a word into the IE6 address bar results in a search on the MSN network. Is there anyway of changing the default search engine? I'd like it to be google.

    I have already installed a google reg edit which changes the IE search button parameters, but I can't see any way of changing address bar parameters

    I'm pretty sure it can be done, because recently some software I installed made the default search engine "ask jeeves".. (which I thought was crap).
    I can't remember what software it was, but it must be somehow possible to make this change?

    Edit - Also, if you hit the search button > customize > autosearch settings, it gives you an option of searching MSN.. or nothing! There's no way of adding a new search engine and it only lists MSN.

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    I'm putting this tweak in my upcoming 2nd WinXP Tweak Guide...so hold on buddy!

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    Oh come on now PersianImmortal - give the fellow a little preview on that article. He did ask nicely after all and no doubt would put it to good use.

    LOL
    That's about the best 1 could say for "Ask Jeeves", a pity that someone would waste time DLing software like that. You have my sympathy.
    imagine, somebody actually took time to code that:rolleyes:
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    Unfortunatley the instuctions on that link don't work for me, and the regedit intructions that a little bird just sent me don't work either. (Well they don't work for me at least)

    There's a screen capture in that link that shows someone's computer with search engine choices at Saerch button > Customize > Autosearch settings :


    But on my system (win xp, IE6) There is only one choice - MSN.
    I'm sure it's a registery thing.. can someone please go into regedit and capture what their registry contains at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search
    Mine contains not much at all :(

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    Ok Ok, I'll take time out from writing the XP Part 2 guide to post it here! Believe me, it's long and tedious sorting out the many non-working tweaks from those that work, then organising them and writing clear instructions on how to use them!

    Here's how I got Google on my search screen in IE. Note that I haven't got a list of search engines, but I don't use any of the others so I don't care ;)

    Use Regedit (Start>Run>Regedit) and edit all of these entries (note you don't need quotes around the web addresses). If these entries don't exist, create them as new Strings:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main

    Search Page=http://www.google.com
    Search Bar=http://www.google.com/ie

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchURL

    ""=http://www.google.com/keyword/%s

    (Create a new string and call it "")

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search

    SearchAssistant=http://www.google.com/ie


    Follow these instructions exactly, make sure you leave out the quotes around the web addresses. It works for me in IE6 with SP1, not that SP1 will make any difference.

    Let me know if it works for you.

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    won't a nice google bar work for you?
    in any case people love to fiddle around with registry...:p
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    PersianImmortal I've followed everything you posted there exactly, and IE still refuses to search anything other than MSN from the address bar.

    Asklepios Nah I don't want the google bar, I want google from IE addy bar and I'm determined to get it..

    This is driving me insane :cry:

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    Actually you're right spectrix. In my rush to get back to writing my guide I didn't read closely that you want Google to be the default search engine from your Address Bar, not the search window.

    I've just had a good look around, and to be honest I don't think you can turn Google into the default address bar search without some type of script. Registry editing won't do it.

    I'll keep looking and if i find the answer, I'll put it in my guide.

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    ARRGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

    The thing is.. on most people's computers you seem to be able to do this - see screen capture in my previous post. Mine has the option to chosse MSN or nothing, where as other people can choose lots of engines.

    Also see this site .. it has the same instructions as the screen capture above.

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