Set your default search engine

In Google Chrome, the address bar that sits at the top of the browser window (sometimes called the "omnibox") doubles as a search box. You can specify the search engine that the address bar should use by default for your searches.

When you launch Chrome for the first time after installation, a bubble near the omnibox appears. It emphasises that you can search directly in the omnibox with the default search engine, Google Search. If you'd like to change your default search engine, click Change to set a new one.

First run default search engine bubble

Set your default search engine

  1. Click the Chrome menu Chrome menu on the browser toolbar.
  2. Select Settings
  3. In the "Search" section, select the search engine that you want to use from the menu. If the search engine you want to use doesn't appear in the menu, click Manage search engines.
  4. In the Search Engines dialogue that appears, select the search engine that you'd like to use from the list.
  5. Click the Make Default button that appears in the row.

If the search engine that you want to use isn't on this list, you can first add it as a new search engine option.

If the "Make Default" button doesn't appear for the search engine you've selected, you may need to edit its URL.

Using a Chrome device at work or school? Your network administrator might choose a default search engine for you, in which case you won't be able to choose a different one here. Learn about using a managed Chrome device

A few tips on searching

  • Address bar search
    The quickest way to do a search in Google Chrome is to type your search term in the address bar, then press Enter.
  • Right-click search
    Highlight any text or image on a web page with your cursor. Right-click (or control-click on a Mac) and select the option to do a search on your highlighted text or image.
  • Paste and search
    Highlight any text on a web page with your cursor and copy it. When you're ready to search, right-click (or control-click on a Mac) the address bar and select Paste and search.

See more ways to search in Chrome.