Internet Explorer Search Providers
Beginner

Darn easy tip: How to change and add search providers in IE9

In IE9, like in IE8, you can change the default provider you use when doing a search on the internet from the IE search-box, you can also add other search providers from a specific service if you wish, for example Amazon, New York Times, Google among many others — service that Internet Explorer 9 will keep as the default until you choose another provider or you close the Web browser –. Additionally you can set a default search provider for all your searches from a specific provider, and today I am going to show step-by-step how to customize these settings in IE9 to get the most out of your searches.

How to add a new search provider

1 In the IE9 search-box click the down-arrow and then click Add.

Internet Explorer 9 - Add Search Provider

2 Now you will be redirected to the new Internet Explorer Gallery Add-ons page. From the drop-down list in the right-bottom corner of the window select Search Providers (like indicated on the image below).

Internet Explorer Gallery Add-Ons

3 Look for the provider that you are interested, click it and in the next page click Click to install.

Internet Explorer 9 - Install new provider

4 Next the Add Search Provider option-box will appear, choose whether or not you would like to have search suggestions as you type a term turned on and if you want to make this search provider your new permanent default, then click Add to finish.

Internet Explorer 9 - Search Provider options

How to change or set as default a search provider

To change or switch between the current Internet Explorer 9 search provider, click the down-arrow in the search-box and click one of the providers that are available to you and perform your search.

Internet Explorer 9 - Change or switch Search Providers

Note that like I said before Internet Explorer will keep the new provider as default until you choose another provider or until the IE9 is closed. To make a search provider your permanent default, try the following two ways:

While adding a new search provider in the option-box choose the option Make this my default search provider or if you already have installed the search provider do the following:

1 Click on Tools and select Manage add-ons.

IE9 - Tools and Manage  Add-Ons

2 Now from the left menu click Search Providers, then select the provider you want to make the new default and click the button Set as default.

Internet-Explorer 9 - Add-Ons Manager

3 Finally click Close to finish setting the default Internet Explorer 9 search provider.

I hope this tutorial has been helpful for you. Please let me know if you have any questions by leaving a comment below!