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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.

If Google is normally your search engine and suddenly it’s not, you may have malware. Get help restoring your Chrome settings.

Set your default search engine

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top-right, click More and then More Settings.
  3. Under 'Search engine', next to 'Search engine used when searching from the address bar', click the Down arrow Down Arrow.
  4. Select a new default search engine.

If you've tried to set your search engine but it doesn't work, you may have malware. Get help restoring your Chrome settings.

Add, edit or remove other search engines

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top-right, click More More and then Settings.
  3. Under 'Search engine', click Manage search engines.
  4. Find 'Other search engines'.
    • Add: To the right of 'Other search engines', click Add. Fill out the text fields and click Add.
    • Set as default: To the right of the search engine, click More More and then Make default.
    • Edit: To the right of the search engine, click More More and then Edit.
    • Delete: To the right of the search engine, click More More and then Remove from list.

Tips for filling out the text fields

'Search engine' field

Enter a label or name for the search engine.

'Keyword' field

Enter the text shortcut you want to use for the search engine. You can enter the keyword in your address bar to quickly use the search engine.

'URL with %s in place of query' field

Enter the web address for the search engine's results page, and use %s where the query would go.

To find and edit the web address of the results page:

  1. Go to the search engine that you want to add.
  2. Do a search.
  3. Copy and paste the web address of the search results page into the URL field. The address for the search results page is different from the website address.
    • For example, if you search for 'soccer', the Google search results URL is http://www.google.com/search?q=soccer.
  4. Replace the search term in the URL with %s.
    • For example, if you were using the Google search results URL, your search engine address would be http://www.google.com/search?q=%s.

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

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