Change Default Search Engine in Google Chrome Browser

In Google Chrome, the address bar that sits at the top of the browser window (sometimes called the “omnibox”) doubles as a search box. You can specify the search engine that the address bar should use by default for your searches.

Set your default search engine

  1. [advt]Click the wrench icon wrench icon on the browser toolbar.
  2. Select Options (Preferences on Mac; Settings on Chrome OS).
  3. Click the Basics tab and find the “Search” section.
  4. Select the search engine you want to use from the menu. If the search engine you want to use doesn’t appear in the menu, clickManage search engines.
  5. In the Search Engines dialog that appears, select the search engine that you’d like to use from the list.
  6. Click the Make Default button that appears in the row.

If the search engine you want to use isn’t on this list, you can first add it as a new search engine option.

If the “Make Default” button doesn’t appear for the search engine you’ve selected, you may need to edit its URL.

A few tips on searching

  • Address bar search
    The quickest way to do a search in Google Chrome is to type your search term in the address bar, then press Enter.
  • Right-click search
    Highlight any text on a webpage with your cursor. Right-click (or control-click on a Mac) and select the option to do a search on your highlighted text.
  • Paste and search
    Highlight any text on a webpage with your cursor and copy it. When you’re ready to search, right-click (or control-click on a Mac) the address bar and select Paste and search.[source]

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