Windows Tip: Let Google Take Over -1 reply

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¥ Uberhacker ¥

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10th August 2002

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#1 16 years ago

Let's do an experiment. Click the Search button on your Internet Explorer toolbar. What do you get? Several useless search engine choices. Click "Customize" at the top of your search window and choose "Use one search service." Again, look at your search engine choices. You see Yahoo!, Lycos, and Encarta among many others, but not GOOGLE ;)

The hard way (only works for IE 6)

Run the Registry Editor. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER/software/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/Main. Find "Search Bar" and double-click to modify it. Change the value to "". Click OK.

When you open a search window in Internet Explorer, your default page will now be Google. Now for the lazy way.

The lazy way (works for IE 5 and 6)

Go to Click OK to download google.reg (it is a very small file). Open google.reg. Click OK to add the information from the file to your registry.

The hard way and the lazy way modify the same string in your registry, but the lazy way allows Google to do the hacking for you. If you want to change it back, you can either do it manually, or you can go to, download the file, and add the information to your registry exactly as you did above.