How to add new search providers in Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer 8 is one of the good applications released by Microsoft recently. One of the points of contention and reason for legal troubles for Microsoft has been that Microsoft did not allow IE to be in-installed and change default search provider in the tool bar. Microsoft has allowed users to change search providers since last release of Internet Explorer. As it is user behavior that they don't change what is installed by default. If users want to use Google search provider they end up going to Google's site and then perform search. You really don't have to do that. You can simply change your search provider in Internet Explorer itself. Recently performance of FireFox has gone down the hill. So I have been using Firefox rarely. Once you know how you can change your search provider in Internet Explorer, you are all set. Here are simple steps that you can follow to add and user new search providers in Internet Explorer.

How to add new search provider in Internet Explorer browser

  • Click on arrow pointing down next to search icon in search tool bar on top right side. Notice there is menu option to Find more providers...

  • Click on that option and it will bring you to Add-ons Gallery: Search Providers. Here you will see list of search providers as show in image below.

  • Pick the one that you want to use and click on Add to Internet Explorer button and you are done.
  • Now click on down arrow next to search icon in search tool bar at top right as step one. And you will find the newly added search provider. For example my image shows Google provider added. Pick the one you want to use and Internet Explorer will switch to use that provider as default.
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