Configure default search engine in Microsoft Office Word

By default, Microsoft Word uses Bing as the default search engine to search for a word in Word documents. But if you wish, you can configure or change the default search engine in Microsoft Office 2013 from Bing to any other, like say, Google. Word includes a feature that lets you use another search engine and change it to  your personal favorite. Here are the steps to configure the default search engine in Microsoft Office Word.

Bing option

Change default search engine in Office Word

Press Windows Key + R to open the Run dialog box and type: regedit and hit OK. Next, navigate to the following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Common\General

default search engine in Microsoft Office Word 2013

Now, in the right pane, create a new String Value and name it SearchProviderName. Then right-click on it and select Modify. Mention the name of the search provider.

Search Modify

Create another new String Value and name it SearchProviderURI right-click it, and make the Value Data the path to the provider you want to use.

For Google: http://www.google.com/search?q=.

To set it as Yahoo use: http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=.

To configure Office.com as the default search engine, use http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/results.aspx?&ex=2&qu= in the Value Data box. Microsoft has also released a Fix It that lets you do this easily.

See the screenshot below to check you are on the right track, changing it to Google.

Values

Click OK and close out of Registry Editor. Now, open a Microsoft Office application such as Word, select a word or phrase, right-click it and check if you get “Search with Google” instead of Bing.

Trust this works for you!

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.

9 Comments

  1. Ramírez

    I wonder if I can have both options in the context menu,I mean one that says “Search with Bing” and another one that says “Search With Google”

  2. Interesting! Want to experiment? Create a system restore point, create two sets of keys and see what happens? But do so at your risk only if you feel so! 😀

  3. Ramírez

    Create two sets of keys? I understand,but I don’t have clear what you want me to do ,
    what confuse me is the fact that it’s not posible create keys or values with the same name.

    I could try creating new values like “SearchProviderName2”

  4. On second thoughts – it may not work. Best to drop the idea.

  5. Conor

    Excellent… confirmed working in MS Office 2013 Professional Plus

    One thing of note, if you are copying the search engine path directly from the page, pay attention not to copy the period ( . ) at the end

    Also, for Google, if desired you can change http:// to https:// and change .com to your local TLD (e.g. https://www.google.ie/search?q= )

  6. banbairish

    I found a real easy to activate when you have downloaded software from offical website, please search @@@windows 8.1 key sale@@@ on bing.

  7. Gittel

    Didn’t work for me. Bleh. I hate bing.

  8. diwul62

    Doesn’t work, regretfully so.
    using http or https
    using the ‘dot’ after q= or without it
    no luck
    probably bing entries in
    HKEY_CURRENT_USERSOFTWAREMicrosoftOffice15.0CommonInternet
    and
    HKEY_CURRENT_USERSOFTWAREMicrosoftOffice15.0CommonResearchSources
    are ‘conflicting’ (override the user registry entries)

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