Set Google as Default Search Engine in Internet Explorer 10

by Venkat eswarlu on April 3, 2012

in Windows

In Windows 8 by default Bing has been set as the default search engine for IE 10 in metro and desktop environments and its the only search provider Internet explorer offers in Windows 8 Consumer Preview, if you want to set Google as default search engine in IE 10 first you need to add it as a search provider which you can do from IE Add-ons gallery page.

Installed IE11? Read How to set Google as default Search Engine in Internet Explorer 11

Adding Google as a Search Provider in IE10

Visit the link  in desktop IE 10 and click on “add to Internet Explorer” once the Google search add-on page has been loaded from Internet Explorer Gallery site.

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Now a dialog pops up asking you to add Google as search provider, in that dialog check or select make this as my default search provider and click on “add” button.

add search provider dialog thumb Set Google as Default Search Engine in Internet Explorer 10

That’s it from now onwards Google is the default search engine in Internet explorer 10 in windows 8 for both metro and desktop versions.

You can see Google listed as search provider under “Search Providers” for IE’s “Manage add-ons” window and you can also see Google icon along with Bing icon when you click the search icon in the IE ‘s address bar.

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{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

Leandro April 24, 2012 at 4:09 am

I can’t click on “add to Internet Explorer”, doesn’t do anything. Bing sucks hard.


Adam Spencer August 27, 2012 at 1:51 pm

It doesn’t work. I add it google as a search provider, but Bing is still the only one listed.


Ignacio Duarte September 18, 2012 at 11:37 am

Works just fine. Thank you very much, I just checked the “Make this my default…”and it worked. Thanks again.


Venkat September 18, 2012 at 11:47 am

Glad to know its working and your comment has importance where last two comments resembles its not working, you’re welcome here.


Kim November 14, 2012 at 7:35 am

Worked for me to. Took me a few mins to figure it out since Im new to win8 like everyone else but got it by following instructions. Then once I added google I deleted the others that I could.


Will November 27, 2012 at 5:35 am

It’s BS that Microsoft made this so hard. WTF Microsoft?


Camille December 5, 2012 at 11:53 pm

To everyone who can’t click the ”Add to Internet Explorer” button – be sure to click the link in the text instead of the image.
I just clicked the image instead and spent about 2 minutes clicking the button on it before I realised it wasn’t actually the page… Sigh.


Mario December 29, 2012 at 12:31 am

Works for me: Thanks!


mohsen January 5, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Works for me 2 ! :)
Thanks !!


Gattuso January 9, 2013 at 7:59 pm

Works for me also: Thanks a lot!


Sarah February 18, 2013 at 12:22 pm

in Server 2012 can find no way to get this to work: every time click on “Add to Internet Explorer” get “Internet Explorer could not install this search provider”. wtf?


mrgilbe1 February 25, 2013 at 12:36 pm

the ‘add to internet explorer’ button just doesn’t work for me either. I can click on the text or even right click and select ‘open link’ all day – and nothing happens.

I suspect this is because I’m on a surface running Win RT – not a Win 8 machine. Vencat, can you confirm you’re talking about IE10 on Win 8, not Win RT? I suspect I can’t add add-ons to Win RT in the same way as Win 8, meaning I haven’t found a way to change from Bing on a surface. Yuk!


Venkat eswarlu February 25, 2013 at 8:21 pm

Yes this article is about setting Google as default search engine for IE10 on Windows 8. This article no way related to Windows RT, i don’t know whether this method works on RT or not because I don’t have surface device yet.


Ace King February 27, 2013 at 1:55 am

To those who click “Add to Internet Explorer” to have nothing happen.
Please refresh the page and then click the button again.
This worked for me.


Ryan Murphy March 20, 2013 at 11:54 am

If you already have the google add-on installed, click the tools icon (looks like a industrial cog) in the upper right corner and select “manage add-ons”, click on “search providers” under add-on types, highlight google, click the button labeled “default”.


Roscoe Coletrain April 2, 2013 at 12:25 am

Beautiful, that’s what I was trying to do. Thanks Ryan.


Venkat eswarlu April 2, 2013 at 9:28 am

I am welcoming your comment on part of Ryan.


Glen April 9, 2013 at 2:28 am

BING is pretty crap, never happy with its search results so Google I have installed but it wasn’t easy to find out how.. found this website, the link and all sorted, Google search now installed… thanks!


Venkat eswarlu April 9, 2013 at 6:07 am

You’re welcome Glen.


scienceguyz April 12, 2013 at 4:48 am

Thanks. I used it to get rid of that irritating virus.


Martin April 19, 2013 at 6:47 pm

Thanks a lot! Works like a charm!


Venkat eswarlu April 19, 2013 at 8:21 pm

You’re welcome Martin.


Habjack April 23, 2013 at 7:30 pm

Brilliant! Thank you so much Sir! Had real problems doing this on IE9 but on 10 this was a great soloution :)


Jitvimol July 16, 2013 at 5:29 pm

Works for me. THANKS!!!!


what gives August 15, 2013 at 7:04 pm

It’s only allowing me to choose Google as an accelerator. I’ve gone through it many times exactly as stated but it won’t allow it as a search provider?
Using a win 8 tablet (Asus).


cody August 25, 2013 at 6:00 pm

Thanks! For some f’ed up reason they don’t show Google as an option in the add-ons if you live in Australia. Your link worked! Without it, I’d not have been able to find the applet.


Venkat eswarlu August 26, 2013 at 11:28 am

Pleasure that my blog helped you.


Andreas R Nordtveit October 12, 2013 at 3:32 pm

Thanks ALOT! Bing was getting on my last nerve ! : )


Venkat eswarlu October 12, 2013 at 5:31 pm

You’re welcome Andreas.


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