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Google Chrome - Set Chrome as your default search engine

You can use the address bar (omnibox) as a search box. It automatically uses Google, but you can set another default search engine instead.

If Google is normally your search engine and suddenly it's not, you may have Malware. Restore your former Chrome settings to try to correct this issue.

Set your default search engine

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More and then More Settings.
  3. In the "Search" section, next to your current default search engine, click the Down arrow Down Arrow icon.
  4. Select a new default search engine.

If you've tried to set your search engine but it doesn't work, you may have malware. 

Add, edit, or remove other search engines

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More More and then Settings.
  3. In the "Search" section, click Manage search engines.
  4. Under "Other search engines" you can:
    • Add a search engine: Under "Other search engines," at the bottom, fill out the text fields.
    • Edit a search engine: Click the search engine. Edit the fields.
    • Delete a search engine: Point to the search engine. On the right, click Remove Remove.
    • Set a default search engine: Point to the search engine, and click Make Default.
  5. Click Done.

Tips for filling out the fields

  • Add a new search engine" fieldEnter a label or name for the search engine. 

  • "Keyword" fieldEnter the text shortcut you want to us
  • "URL" field 
Enter the web address for the search engine. To find the web address:
  1. Go to the search engine you want to add.
  2. Do a search.
  3. Copy and paste the web address of the search results page into the URL field. The address for the search results page is different from the website address.
    • For example, if you search for "soccer," the Google search results URL is
  4. Replace the search term in the URL with %s.
    • For example, if you were using the Google search results URL, your search engine address would be

For more information, please visit the 
Google Support website. 

If you have any questions, come by the Help Desk at Hardman & Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center Room 105, call 646-1840, or email us at

Keywords:google chrome set default search engine windows mac   Doc ID:72772
Owner:John B.Group:New Mexico State University
Created:2017-04-20 12:31 MSTUpdated:2017-10-31 12:40 MST
Sites:New Mexico State University
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