This information applies to Windows Internet Explorer 7 and Windows Internet Explorer 8.

You can choose which provider you would like to use when you search for information on the Internet. You can change the search provider for a specific search Internet Explorer uses that search provider until you choose another one or until you close Internet Explorer) and you can specify which search provider you prefer to be used by default. When you first install Internet Explorer, you might have only one provider installed. If you want to change providers, follow the steps below to add new search providers.

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To add new search providers

  1. Open Internet Explorer by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, and then clicking Internet Explorer.

  2. Click the arrow to the right of the search box.

    Picture of the search box
    Internet Explorer 8 search box
  3. Click Find More Providers.

  4. Click the search providers you would like to add. This opens the Add Search Provider dialog box.

  5. If you want the provider that you just added to be used by default when searching from the Address bar or search box, select the Make this my default search provider check box.

  6. If you're using Internet Explorer 8, and the search provider offers search suggestions, select the Use search suggestions from this provider check box to receive search suggestions.

  7. Click Add in Internet Explorer 8, or Add Provider in Internet Explorer 7.

  8. Repeat steps 4 through 7 for each provider you want to add.

To add search providers discovered on webpages

Some webpages offer search providers. These providers will appear in the search provider list for your current browsing session and are identified with a gold star next to them. If you want one of these search providers to be available in Internet Explorer all the time (not just for the current browsing session), follow these steps:

  1. Open Internet Explorer by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, and then clicking Internet Explorer.

  2. Go to a website that offers a search provider.

  3. Click the arrow to the right of the search box.

    Picture of the search box
    Internet Explorer 8 search box
  4. Do one of the following:

    • In Internet Explorer 8, click Manage Search Providers.

    • In Internet Explorer 7, click Change Search Defaults.

  5. Do one of the following:

    • In Internet Explorer 8, click the search provider you would like to set as the default, click Set as default, and then click Close.

    • In Internet Explorer 7, click the search provider you would like to set as the default, click Set Default, and then click OK.

To change the search provider temporarily (this session only)

  1. Open Internet Explorer by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, and then clicking Internet Explorer.

  2. Click the arrow to the right of the search box.

    Picture of the search box
    Internet Explorer 8 search box
  3. Click the search provider would like to use.

  4. In the search box, type the word or phrase you want to search for, and then press ENTER.

    That search provider will be used until you close Internet Explorer. When you restart Internet Explorer, the default search provider will be used.

To change the default search provider

  1. Open Internet Explorer by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, and then clicking Internet Explorer.

  2. Click the arrow to the right of the search box.

    Picture of the search box
    Internet Explorer 8 search box
  3. Do one of the following:

    • In Internet Explorer 8, click Manage Search Providers.

    • In Internet Explorer 7, click Change Search Defaults.

  4. Do one of the following:

    • In Internet Explorer 8, click the search provider you would like to set as the default, click Set as default, and then click Close.

    • In Internet Explorer 7, click the search provider you would like to set as the default, click Set Default, and then click OK.

To remove a search provider

  1. Open Internet Explorer by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, and then clicking Internet Explorer.

  2. Click the arrow to the right of the search box.

    Picture of the search box
    Internet Explorer 8 search box
  3. Do one of the following:

    • In Internet Explorer 8, click Manage Search Providers.

    • In Internet Explorer 7, click Change Search Defaults.

  4. Click a search provider in the list, click Remove, and then click Close in Internet Explorer 8, or OK in Internet Explorer 7.