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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.

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Set your default search engine

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More and then More Settings.
  3. In the "Search" section, next to your current default search engine, click the Down arrow Down Arrow.
  4. Select a new default search engine.

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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. In the "Search" section, click Manage search engines.
  4. Under "Other search engines" you can:
    • Add a search engine: Under "Other search engines," at the bottom, fill out the text fields.
    • Edit a search engine: Click the search engine. Edit the fields.
    • Delete a search engine: Point to the search engine. On the right, click Remove Remove.
    • Set a default search engine: Point to the search engine, and click Make Default.
  5. Click Done.

Tips for filling out the fields

"Add a new 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" field

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. 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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