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Windows 7: How do I change the search provider in the taskbar address toolbar?

07 Jan 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
How do I change the search provider in the taskbar address toolbar?

Somehow the search provider in the Windows 7 taskbar address toolbar has changed from Google to Yahoo. I would like to change it back but I have no idea how. I am using IE8 and the search provider there is Google; Yahoo is not even listed; yet the taskbar address toolbar always uses Yahoo ... Where is the setting I need to change?

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07 Jan 2011   #2

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Change or choose a search provider in Internet Explorer

<http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Change-or-choose-a-search-provider-in-Internet-Explorer>

Regards....Mike Connor
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07 Jan 2011   #3
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07 Jan 2011   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I specifically asked how to change the search provider in the taskbar address toolbar, not in IE itself. These are not the same thing. Both above answers therefore, however well intentioned, addressed the wrong question. However, in the interim it occurred to me to seach the registry for 'Yahoo', and as a result of this and other research I am now in the position to answer my own question. Go to the following registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\DeviceVM\Browser Configuration Utility\IE. Change the AddressBarSearchName to Google and the AddressBarSearchURL to "{searchTerms} - Google Search=" (minus the quotes). And there you have it.
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07 Jan 2011   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Solution

Sorry, the above post got garbled. Change the AddressBarSearchURL to

"http://www.google.com/search?q={searchTerms}&sourceid=ie7&rls=com.microsoft:en-gb:IE-Address&ie=&oe[/URL]=" minus the quotes.
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07 Jan 2011   #6

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Why go to all that fuss and take a chance on messing up the Registry. Just click on the down arrow head to the right of the search box and choose the search engine you want. See screenshot:

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If you click on Manage Search providers you can go on line and find dozens of add on search engines.


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07 Jan 2011   #7
ie9

Windows 7 Ultimate (SP1)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mitchell65 View Post
Why go to all that fuss and take a chance on messing up the Registry. Just click on the down arrow head to the right of the search box and choose the search engine you want. See screenshot:

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If you click on Manage Search providers you can go on line and find dozens of add on search engines.
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07 Jan 2011   #8

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Yes, he means the OS Taskbar, not the IE taskbar;



The reference to IE8 threw me off completely.

Regards....Mike Connor
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07 Jan 2011   #9

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Oh Dear Please see my signature (The text) Applies to me lot!!!!
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07 Jan 2011   #10

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Using this as a "search" box can have unwanted side effects. When newly initialised ( Toolbar enabled), and something without a defined prefix is entered it will jump to BING in your default browser and display the search for whatever you entered.

For more information;

Windows 7 : Using Any Search Engine from the Address Bar - Microsoft Certification Examples, exercises, practises, tutorials, solutions about Windows

<http://mscerts.net/windows/Windows%207%20%20%20Using%20Any%20Search%20Engine%20from%20the%20Address%20Bar.aspx>

If you type in "msconfig" it will start msconfig. It will recognise all the "Run" commands, and with the right prefix, ( or default ) it will jump to your default browser and display the search.

Regards....Mike Connor
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