How to Change the Default Homepage and Search Engine in Internet Explorer 11

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How to Change the Default Homepage and Search Engine in Internet Explorer 11


In this video, I’ll be showing you how to
change the homepage and the default search engine in Internet Explorer 11. Now, while I am using IE 11, keep in mind
that these steps may work in IE 10, or even IE 9. Alright, so the first thing that happens when
I launch Internet Explorer is typically I get hit in the face with MSN. MSN is a very busy website, and some people
like it, but me, personally, the first thing I want to do is get this monstrosity out of
my face. So to do that, I have to first click the gear
button in the top right, I’m just gonna zoom it so you can see it here: tools. So I click tools, and then I scroll down to
options, Internet options, and I’m gonna click that. Now the first field that you see is actually
the first field that’s actually selected, is this one right here, called Home page. It’s fairly straight-forward – simply changing
this to Google. I’m gonna put Https Google.ca, the Canadian
version, and s for secure, so it has higher security. I’m then gonna click apply, and then I’m gonna
click OK. So this solve the home problem, and I can
test that just by clicking the little house icon in the toolbar here. Goes straight to Google, much better. If I type a search, it goes to what I want,
everything’s cool. But what if I type something up here? “I’m searching.” Oh, look at that, it went to Bing. You know, Bing is not the worst, but personally,
I’m a big fan of Google, so I definitely want this to be changed to Google. To achieve that, we have to click on the gear
again, and here there’s an option called “manage add-ons,” click that option. On the left, you’ll notice “search providers,”
second option. I’m gonna click that. And here all I see is Bing, of course. Now the solution is to locate the link at
the bottom that’s kind of not obvious, that’s written “Find more search providers,” that’s
what I’m interested in. Bottom left. I’m gonna click that. Now, on this page, they have a gallery which
has different search options, so simply scroll, and there’s Google Search. I’m gonna click add. Okay. And I get a pop-up, now this is important. I would like to use search suggestions from
this provider, notice the checkbox there? I’m gonna leave that checked, because that
is what I want. Okay, I’m gonna add. Perfect. Now, it’s been added, but this is not totally
clear. In any case, all I have to do now is close
this window, and I have to close this as well, manage add-ons. And then I have to go back to the gear, back
to manage add-ons, and back to the search providers section. Now I see that both Bing and Google are there. Alright… but notice this: status, default,
for Bing. That means that even if I try to type a search
again like I’m searching in the address bar, it’s still gonna pop up Bing. So what I have to do now is right-click, actually
left-click Google, right-click “Set as default.” Perfect. Now all I have to do is press Close. And then I can try doing my search again. Ah, Google. Much better. Now, to each their own of course, if you like
MSN, or you like IE, and things like that, that’s fine. It’s just that personally, I’m all about the
Google, and so that’s how you can configure Internet Explorer to have Google as the search
engine and the homepage.

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