How to Set Google as Default Search in IE 10 for Windows 8

Internet Explorer LogoWindows 8 brought a deeper integration of Microsoft’s own Bing search engine with a lot of programs including Internet Explorer and the Start Menu using Bing by default. But while Bing is improving, it is still not able to compete against Google directly. Here’s how you can use Google as the search provider on IE 10 on Windows 8/8.1 so that all search requests are handled by Google and not Bing.

Changing the Default Search Provider

Whilst there is no direct option to change the default search engine in the Modern (touch friendly) version of IE10, there does exist one in its desktop version. Making the change in desktop version will automatically change the same for the Modern version as well.

  1. Switch to the desktop mode by clicking/tapping the Desktop tile in the Start Screen.
  2. Launch Internet Explorer by clicking the Internet Explorer icon present on the Taskbar (or desktop itself) in the desktop mode.
  3. Click/tap on the gear icon present towards the top-right portion of IE window and choose Manage Addons.IE options menu
  4. Select Search Providers in the left pane and then on the Find more search providers link present at the bottom.find search providers IE
  5. On the webpage that opens, choose Google Search (or some other provider of your choice).
  6. Finally select Add to Internet Explorer option. Then check the Make this my Default Search Provider option and select Add.add google search to IE

That’s it. Chose Internet Explorer and Google will act as the default search provider the next time you’ll open it. Same will reflect in the Modern version of Internet Explorer after you fully close (by pulling it down from the top of the screen) and reopen it. If it still continues to resume from the last session, kill it manually using Task manager and then reopen or simply restart your PC.

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11 Responses to How to Set Google as Default Search in IE 10 for Windows 8

  1. JB April 29, 2015 at 11:35 pm #

    This is not currently working on my version of IE. Google seems to be blocked somehow.

    • Narender Singh April 30, 2015 at 1:21 pm #

      Strange. What version of Windows are you running?

  2. j.c. May 6, 2015 at 1:51 am #

    the same problem here

    • Narender Singh May 6, 2015 at 9:16 am #

      Can you tell me what exactly happens?

  3. Kristian June 14, 2015 at 6:24 pm #

    Wont work.
    What happens is when I click “Find more search providers” Google Search isn’t listed. Only, bing, Google translate, google maps and a few others.

    • Narender Singh June 16, 2015 at 11:00 pm #

      Just checked and noticed the same. Seems like MS removed the Google option. I will dig deeper and update the post if I find something.

      • Tim June 18, 2015 at 7:51 am #

        And hence why I’m bypassing internet explorer except for grad school classes.

  4. Kristian June 28, 2015 at 8:20 pm #

    In IE 11, you can try this link and then add the search provider and make it the default.

    • Narender Singh June 29, 2015 at 10:17 am #

      Thanks for the direct link buddy. Appreciated. Will add to the post 🙂

    • win8.1 with bing user August 21, 2015 at 4:17 pm #

      Great > thx very much – very helpfull 🙂
      Jacek (Poland)

  5. win8.1 with bing user August 21, 2015 at 4:18 pm #

    Thx for Kristain of course.

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