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How to make Google your default search engine

Truth be told, I don’t know why anyone would use any other search engine besides Google. It’s highly effective, tracking and saving your past search queries for optimized performance, and rarely let’s you down whether you’re searching for adorable cat videos or treatments for whatever dire ailment you might be suffering from at the moment. While Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox automatically set Google as your search engine by default, we know pesky add-ons or malware have a knack for hijacking said search engine and offering up a few of their own (we’re looking at you Babylon Search Toolbar). Thankfully, setting Google as your default search engine can be done in less than a minute with minimal effort and a quick trip to your browser preferences.

Here is our guide on how to make Google your default search engine so you can stop looking at Bing, Yahoo!, or worse, Babylon. And although your efforts may get derailed again in the future, at least you’ll know what to do when the time comes.

How to make Google your default search engine in Google Chrome

Step 1: Open the Settings panel — Launch Google Chrome and navigate to the main Settings panel by clicking the Chrome menu button (the icon depicts three stacked bars) and selecting Settings near the bottom of the resulting drop-down menu.

Google Chrome Settings

Step 2: Change your search engine to Google — Select Google as your default search engine from the drop-down menu within the Search section, on the far left-hand side of the page. If Google is unavailable for whatever reason, click the Manage Search engines button, select it from the list of other search engines or fill out the necessary fields at the bottom of the window to add Google. Click the gray Done button in the bottom-right corner when finished.

Google as Search Engine Default in Chrome

 

How to make Google your default search engine in Mozilla Firefox

Step 1: Open the search engine options — Launch Firefox and navigate to the search engine options by clicking the down arrow located on the left-side of the search bar in the upper-right corner of the browser, directly to the right of your current search engine’s icon. Afterward, select Manage Search Engines at the bottom of the resulting drop-down menu.

Mozilla Search Engine Select

Step 2: Change your search engine to Google — Assuming you have the Google search engine installed, select Google and drag the search engine to the top of the list of search engines. Alternatively, select Google and repeatedly click the Move Up button on the right-hand until the search engine is at the top. If Google is unavailable for whatever reason, click the Restore Defaults button to restore the Google search engine to the roster.

Click the gray OK button in the bottom-right corner when finished, followed by the down arrow in the address bar before selecting Google from the list of available search engines.

Google as Default Search Engine in Mozilla

 

How to make Google your default search engine in Safari

Step 1: Open the Preferences panel — Launch Safari and navigate to the Preferences panel by clicking Safari in the Mac OS X taskbar and selecting Preferences near the top of the resulting drop-down menu.

Safari Settings

Step 2: Change your search engine to Google — Select Google as your default search engine from the drop-down menu located to the right of Default search engine within the General tab. Unlike most popular Web browsers, Safari only gives you three options: Google, Bing, and Yahoo! Click the “X” in the upper-left corner of the window to apply the changes.

Google as Default Search Engine in Safari

 

How to make Google your default search engine in Internet Explorer

Step 1: Open the add-on panel — Launch Internet Explorer and navigate to the add-on panel by clicking the gear button in the upper-right corner of the browser and selecting Manage add-ons from the resulting drop-down menu. 

Internet Explorer Settings

Step 2: Change your search engine to Google — Click the Search Providers option on the left-hand side, select Google, and click the Set as default button in the bottom-right corner. If Google is unavailable for whatever reason, click the blue Find more search providers link in the bottom-left corner, choose Google from the resulting pop-up window and click the orange Add to Internet Explorer button. Click the gray Close button in the bottom-right corner when finished.

Google as Default Search Engine in IE

 

How to make Google your default search engine in Opera

Step 1: Open the Settings panel — Launch Opera and navigate to the main Settings panel by clicking Opera in the upper-left corner of the browser window and selecting the Setttings option toward the middle of the resulting drop-down menu.

Opera Settings

Step 2: Change your search engine to Google — Select Google as your default search engine from the drop-down menu at the bottom of the page, within the Search section. Unlike most popular Web browsers, Opera only gives you five options: Google, Bing, Amazon, Wikipedia, and Yahoo! Simply exit the Settings panel to apply the changes.

Google as Default Search Engine in Opera

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