By default the Omnibar in Internet Explorer 10 is set to use Bing as the search provider. If you want to switch it to Google or another provider, it will require an add-on and a little configuration.
Like other versions of Windows, Windows 8 comes with the latest version of Internet Explorer preinstalled, IE10, but it also comes with Bing as the default search provider. If you’re not a fan of Bing, changing it is going to take some work. But we have all the steps outlined below.
Update to Windows 10 and Microsoft Edge
Windows 8 has reached the end of mainstream support:
Windows 8.1 reached the end of Mainstream Support on January 9, 2018, and will reach end of Extended Support on January 10, 2023. With the general availability of Windows 8.1, customers on Windows 8 had until January 12, 2016, to move to Windows 8.1 to remain supported.
While IE 11 is still included in Windows 10 it’s meant to be there for app and service support for business customers. Windows 10 now comes with a Chromium-based version of Microsoft Edge for the browser.
Tutorial Shortcut — If you’re looking to just quickly Add Google as your default search provider, just click this link: Google Search Provider Download and skip to Step 4 below.
Open Internet Explorer 10 in desktop mode and Click the Gear (settings) button at the top-right of the window. From the list select Manage add-ons.
Note that the Metro skinned IE10 has compatibility issues with this, read below for a solution if you have problems.
Troubleshooting: If Manage add-ons is greyed out, press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to open Task Manager and end the process for the immerse Metro Internet Explorer 10 client.
In the Add-ons manager click the Search Providers tab. At the bottom of this tab, select Find More Search Providers.
A new IE10 window should open up that takes you to the Internet Explorer Gallery: search engine section. Now pick your favorite search engine of choice and click on it. In my example, I chose Google to be the first search provider to install.
After you click on an add-on click the Add to Internet Explorer button that appears on the add-on’s specific page.
A confirmation window will appear. This gives you the option to make this your default search provider. Check the options you want and click Add.
Your new search provider will be ready to go. If you want to change the default back to Bing or another provider, just visit the Search Provider tab in the Manage Add-ons window again. The buttons to change the default or remove it are at the bottom-right of the window.