Set your default search engine

You can use the address bar (omnibox) as a search box. It automatically uses Google, but you can set another default search engine instead.

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Set your default search engine

  1. In the top-right, click the Chrome menu Chrome menu
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Go to the "Search" section.
  4. Click the drop-down menu that says Google.
  5. Select a search engine from the menu.
Mobile device
  1. Open the Chrome menu.
  2. Touch Settings.
  3. Under "Basics", touch Search engine.
  4. Select the search engine that you want to use from the menu.

Add, edit or remove search engines

  1. In the top-right, click the Chrome menu Chrome menu
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Go to the "Search" section.
  4. Click Manage search engines.
  5. Under "Other search engines" you can:
    • Add a search engine: fill out the fields to set up the search engine.
    • Edit a search engine: if a search engine is listed, select it and edit the fields.
    • Delete a search engine: select the search engine and click the X that appears at the end of the row.
    • Set a default search engine: over over the search engine and click Make Default. (If the button doesn't appear, you may need to edit the URL listed.)
  6. Click Done.
Having trouble adding or editing a new search engine?

Here are some tips to help you fill out the information fields:

  • Add a new search engine: Enter a label for the search engine.
  • Keyword: Enter the text shortcut you want to use for the search engine. You can use the keyword to quickly access the search engine via the address bar.
  • URL: Enter the web address for the search engine. To find the web address:
    1. Go to the search engine you want to add.
    2. Do a search.
    3. Copy and paste the web address of the search results page into the URL field. Keep in mind that the URL for the search results page is different from the website URL. For example, while you'd go to to access Google, the URL you'd add here is for the search results page if you've searched for "xyz",
    4. Replace the search term in the URL with %s. To continue the Google search engine example, you'd end up with as your final search engine URL. When you type a search in the address bar, %s will automatically be replaced by your search term.

      Note: Make sure that you include %s in the URL. Otherwise, you won't be able to set this search engine as your default search engine.
Mobile device

At this time, you can't modify the list of default search engine options.

Using a Chromebook at work or school? Your network administrator might choose a default search engine or manage your search engines for you. Find out about using a managed Chrome device

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