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 borrowed my laptop the other night to do some homework, and when he returned it 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 settings icon in the upper right-hand corner of the window. It looks like three horizontal lines stacked on top of one another.

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!

Note: If anyone reading this needs to change the default search engine in Internet Explorer, this post explains how to do it.


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