Question from Anita W.: Hi Rick. I recently read your post letting everyone know that I.E. 10 is now available for Windows 7 so I downloaded it and gave it a try. All in all, I think it’s a major improvement over I.E. 9.
I’m having one problem however. When I installed I.E. 10 it changed my default search engine from Google to Bing. How do I change it back? Thanks a bunch!!
Rick’s answer: Anita, I also think I.E. 10 is a major improvement over I.E. 9, but as you found out the switch isn’t always hassle-free. Unfortunately, it’s standard procedure for Microsoft to stealthily replace your default search engine with Bing. Luckily, it’s very easy to change it back. Here’s how:
1 – Open I.E. 10 and click the “gear” shaped Settings icon in the upper right-hand corner of the window.
2 – Click Internet Options.
3 – Click the Programs tab.
4 – Click Manage Add-ons.
5 – In the left-hand column, click Search providers.
6 – In the lower left-hand corner, click Find more search providers.
7 – Select Google, then click the Add to Internet Explorer button.
8 – Check the box beside Make this my default search provider.
9 – Click Add.
10 – Exit the dialog boxes by clicking the X in the upper right-hand corner.
Anita, from this point forward I.E. 10 should use Google as its default search engine.
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