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Wonderful but for which browser? I am guessing Internet Explorer? If so, look at the right top corner of the browser window, you will see a few icons that look like Home, Star and Gear. Click on the icon that looks like a Gear. That will open a list, from the list select "Manage add-ons". On the "Manage add-ons" window, from the Add-on Types list on the left, select "Search Providers". Now it should show you all installed search providers on the right hand side and the one that is currently used will be marked as "default". If Google was already installed but not default, you can click on the "Set as default" button on the right bottom corner of this window. If Google was not installed, then at the left bottom you will see couple of links, click on the one that reads "Find more search providers..."

When a new browser window pops open showing all available search providers, click on Google, then click on the button that reads "Add to Internet Explorer" button (orange color). After you click it, it will give you a pop-up confirmation box asking you to install or cancel, at this window, you also have the option box to check which would make it default search provider as well. After you are done, close out of all browser windows and re-launch Internet Explorer for changes to take effect.

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  3. Select Find more providers
  4. Select Google; often they hide it on the second page, but it's still there.
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Changing Google search to a different search engine in Safari 4 for Mac OS X...

Have you ever attempted to change Google as your default search engine in Safari 4.0? It is not easy to do, unless you have some Unix programming skills and can use the built in Mac OS X Terminal application with a vi editor, to manipulate the default Google search engine, to a search engine of your choosing, it isn't easy at all.

Knowing the majority of us are not programmers and do not intend to be, why even try to attempt and change Google to some other search engine in Safari 4?

You gotta admit however, if were possible, that would be kinda nice, right?

Well before you throw your hands up and call it a day, there is a nifty way to work around obstacle in Safari currently has built in, that normally makes Google appear nearly impossible to change its default position, with another search engine.
Let me show you how its done. There are alot of nice pictures in this tip, so it should be easy for you to follow:

First make sure you have downloaded and installed Safari 4 on your Mac.

• Next download a free plug-in called Inquisitor.

Link: Download Inquisitor


• Make sure to quit out of Safari before you download and install the
Inquisitor plug-in.

• Once Inquisitor has been downloaded to your desktop (or Downloads folder), you will see this zip file (left). Double click it and it will reveal the package file for the Inquisitor plug-in (right).


Double click the package file and it will open to this window


Just keep clicking the Continue button, until you reach the
"Install Inquisitor" window.

Note: You may see a window with the icon of your hard drive
before you reach this window. Just select your hard drive
and continue until you reach this window.

Start the installation.


As is the case with most applications that you download
to your Mac OS volume, you have to provide your
User Administrator password in order to complete
this installation.

If you have forgotten your User Administrator password,
click this link to the Apple Support page for the
process of resetting your User Administrator password:
Resetting your Administrator Password in Mac OS X

* If you know your Admin password enter it in the
password box and click the OK button.


What follows is the installation of the Inquisitor plug-in.


Close the installer.

Now launch Safari, click on the Safari name on the menu bar
and select Preferences from the drop down menu


When you are in the Preferences window, if you are familiar with the Safari >Preferences tool bar, there are only 8 toolbar icons.


Now with the Inquisitor plug-in, there should be a 9th toolbar icon, the "Inquisitor Search" toolbar icon.


From here, it is as simple as clicking the Search icon which will open
the main window for the plug-in settings.

What is really great about this plug-in, is that you can now customize
the Safari search bar with various settings and auto features
for your web searching experience, that weren't even available before
in Safari.


Now the default search engines within Inquisitor, are Google
and Yahoo!

But... that is Google and Yahoo! worldwide.. You have access to
Google and Yahoo! search engines from other countries from around the world!



For example, if you can see the blue highlighted bar, I have selected Google Australia as my default search engine to replace Google US
in Safari. All I have to do is select it close out of Safari Preferences and
go to the Search engine bar in Safari's open browser window.
Let's say for sake of example, that I want to find a listing of grocery stores in Australia:


And Viola! The top listings for Grocery Stores in Australia, via my newly configured Google Australia search engine.


But wait, what if you are ok with Google and Yahoo! BUT, would like to have a wider range of search engines to set and choose from in Inquisitor ?

Well that option is available in Inquisitor as well.

Just go back into Safari>Preferences and Search and you can go to the check box near the bottom of the window and select Display links to additional search engines


Now click the "Edit Sites" button

You will now have a window displaying the current search engines currently available besides Google and Yahoo! Inquisitor has provided and Flickr for examples to let you see how easy
it is to setup your own customized list of your favorite search


This is the last part of these features I want to show you, but a
necessary one, especially for those of you, who fancy having multiple options in your selection of search engines.

It is really simple to do.

First click the + symbol with the disclosure arrow near it

This is will reveal a menu of more specific categories and the recommended search engines you can choose from.

But in the example, go ahead and click the
"New custom search shortcut" line.


This will open a new line in the list above, so you can now enter the Site Name.

I use Microsoft's new search engine Bing, to demonstrate how to
set a custom search engine in this list.


I continue by completing the Site name and URL for Bing.
To select each field just double click each box and fill it in.

If you notice, I still have the Shortcut box blank.


I create a keyboard shortcut for the custom Bing
search engine addition using the Apple command key
and the 1 key on my keyboard.

Now my custom search engine addition is complete.
Let's see how it works.


Once again, I go into my Safari search engine box and I type Grocery Stores but this time I also use my new keyboard shortcut - ⌘1
And look at the results now:


Not only is the Bing search engine present,
but and Flickr as well.

Inquisitor allows you to change your default search engine, but it also
allows you to see your other search engines and chose the one you want to commit a web search through.

Now you have more search options in Safari 4 than just Google!

This marks the end of my FixYa tip to help empower you to know how
to change Safari 4's default search engine from Google, to Google & Yahoo! worldwide search engines and any other established search engine you want to use.

Thanks for reviewing my Tip!



on Feb 12, 2010 | Apple safari

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How do I get Google back as my search engine?

I think it is very easy.
Go to your Browser > Setting> Search Preference
and set the new search engine and set Google as default search engine.
such as chrome://settings/
for more help follow

May 22, 2014 | Computers & Internet

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I do not want ask I only want google as my search engin

If you want Google as your default search engine, hover the mouse over the search (magnifying glass symbol). You will notice a down arrow appear; click on it and a list of search engines will appear. Click on Google to make it your search engine.
You should notice a heading to select a default search engine. Select Google and confirm it.

Notice below
Choose your default search engine. Firefox uses it in the location bar, search bar, and start pages.
you can select Google or any other search engine and make it your default

Feb 16, 2014 | Mozilla Firefox

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Unable to install google search engine as default browser

If you mean you want to make chrome your default browser, follow the steps listed here: Make Chrome your default browser

If you want to make your homepage:
  • Go into the Google Chrome Settings
  • Look for the "On Start-up" item
  • Click on "Set pages" next to "Open a specific page or set of pages."
  • Add your URL and click OK.

Jan 10, 2014 | Google Computers & Internet

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How do I set google as my default search engine

In Google Chrome, click on the picture of a Wrench in the top right hand corner. The click on "Options". Near the bottom of the page will be your search options. Click on "Manage Search Engines" to select your default.

In Firefox, click on the Icon in the search box. Then click on "Manage Search Engines". From here you can move google to the top of the list, making it your default search engine. If for some reason you don't see google in the list, you can click on "Get more search engines" to locate and install it.

Dec 29, 2011 | Google Computers & Internet

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Want to change my browser to google it wont let me

Do you need to set your home page as Google or do you want to install google chrome or do you need to set your default browser as google chrome?

For setting Home Page
Please goto tools - internet options and under general tab type

For installing Google chrome
Just search on google search engine and you can download and install it

For setting google chrome as default browser
For XP - goto add or remove programs and select Set program access and defaults at the left bottom - Then select chrome and click ok and restart
For Vista & Win 7 - Click on Start and type default programs and click on the highlighted search option and do the same steps as like in XP

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Oct 11, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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I want to change my current browser the search engine ask. com into the the google .

Hi there,
If I understand your question, then you want to change your default search engine from to google.
Here is what you do. In your search bar, there is a drop down arrow. Click on it, and it shows all the available search engines installed in your browser. To make google your default, simply select it, and that should effect the change.

Hope that was helpful?
Thank you for using FixYa.

Aug 30, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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