IE: Enable Google Search From Address Bar

You may prefer to perform searches from Internet Explorer with Google rather than Bing. You can hack Internet Explorer in the registry and make the browser perform Google searches using these steps.

1. Click START (then RUN in Windows XP) and type REGEDIT.

2. Click on the plus sign next to HKEY_CURRENT_USER
then Software
then Microsoft
then Internet Explorer
then SearchUrl

3. Double-click (Default) and type in the value:

Click OK

4. Double-click provider and type in the value. If provider isn’t listed, make the key yourself.


Click OK

5. Back on the left side, click once on Main.

6. Double-click on AutoSearch and type in a value of 4.

Close Regedit, and the next time you start Internet Explorer, Google searches will be run from the Address Bar.

Additionally you can make a file using notepad and cut and paste the following into the file:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchUrl]

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main]

Save the file as google.reg. Then just double click on it and click YES to enter the information into the registry.


  1. tim says

    I got as far as step 5.

    After clicking once on main, I see no “autosearch”.

    Im running IE8, Windows 7.

  2. Wayne says

    I don’t see “provider” in my Registry Editor as you instructed in step 4. I’m using IE7.

  3. ren says

    I don’t see “provider” in my Registry Editor as you instructed in step 4. I’m using IE8.

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