Add Search Providers to Internet Explorer

When it comes to choosing a search engine for getting information from the wide world of web, most of us rely on search engines like Bing, Google, DuckDuckGo, Yahoo!, Ata Vista, etc. Microsoft’s proprietary browser – Internet Explorer by default, adds Bing Search as the search engine provider for end users to search for information using the Instant Search box that appears in the upper-right corner.

If you do not find it appropriate and would like to change or add another search provider to the Internet Explorer, you could easily do so. Most recent versions of Internet Explorer allow you to add search providers. You can choose which provider you would like to use when you search for information on the Internet. You can change the search provider for a specific search and you can specify which search provider you prefer to be used by default.

When you first install Internet Explorer, you might have only one provider installed. If you would want to add providers, follow the steps below to add new search providers.

Add Search Providers to Internet Explorer

In Internet Explorer, you can add multiple search providers right from the Address bar. Here’s how to go about it.

Type a search terms in the Address bar. From the drop-down list that appears, click Add, and then choose the search providers you want to add.

Add Search Provider

When done, click on the ‘Add to internet Explorer’ button as shown in the screen shot below.

Add to Internet Explorer

Next, confirm the action when requested.

Add to Internet Explorer confirm

That’s it! You have added the desired search provider to your Internet Explorer. You will notice, for each search provider you add, a button is displayed in the drop-down list from the Address bar. This makes switching between providers during a browsing session easy and fast. All you have to do is click a button to switch your search to that provider.

Internet Explorer switch

To change your default provider, remove a provider, switch the order of the buttons in the search box, or see what other management options are available, click the Tools menu, click Manage Add-ons, and then, under Add-on Types, click Search Providers.

Internet Explorer manage add-ons

Hope this helps!

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