Q&A: How can I switch my default search engine from Yahoo to Google in Chrome?

google-logoQuestion from Mona C.:  Hi Rick! My son came to visit me for the weekend and he borrowed my computer while he was here.

After he left I noticed that the default search engine in my Chrome browser had been changed from Google to Yahoo.

I really prefer Google so I’d appreciate it a bunch if you can tell me how to switch it back!

Rick’s answer:  I prefer Google over Yahoo as well Mona, so I can understand why you’d like to make it the default search engine once more. Here’s how:  

1 – Load Chrome and click the Menu in the upper right-hand corner of the window (it looks like three vertical dots).

2 – Click Settings.

3 – Scroll down to the section labeled “Search” and click the arrow beside the word “Yahoo”.

4 – Select Google from the drop-down list.

5 – Click the X in the upper right-hand corner of the window to close the browser.

6 – Reload Chrome and verify that Google is once again the default search engine.

That’s all there is to it Mona. Please let me know if you run into any problems. Good luck!

Update from Mona:  That did it Rick. Thanks so much for your help!

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