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    IE (6.0)

    I want to change the default search engine explorer uses, but I can't find any way to do it. I have seen ways to change it in other versions, but not in 6.0. Any suggestions out there? I am using it on Windows XP

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    Re: IE (6.0)

    Don't have XP, but do have IE 6.0 <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
    Go to the 'Search' on the taskbar, click it...mine has 'Customize'...click on that, gives a listing of different search engines - pick one. Don't know if this helps you, but it does work.

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    Re: IE (6.0)

    Thanks, but I have been there. There are no options there, and it will not let me add any.

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    Re: IE (6.0)

    Try the following link for a couple of hints for changing the search engine:

    http://www.computing.net/windowsme/w...rum/16780.html

    Cheers,

    Bob
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    Re: IE (6.0)

    It really depends on what you mean by the default search engine. IE6 has two ways to "search". One is the Search "Explorer Bar" -- the one that opens in the left hand margin when you click the "Search" icon on your toolbar. It is much easier to change that. I believe that is what Bob's link is referring to.

    The other method of searching is to "Search from the Address bar" -- which is what I think you are talking about. That is a very different beast. Microsoft recently did something fairly sneaky with this method of searching. It can be partially controlled under the Search Explorer bar "Customize" setting. BUT, Microsoft has complete control of your choices there.

    To change to a different "Search from Address Bar" search engine, open the Search Explorer Bar and click the "Customize" button in the upper right corner of this bar. Then, click the "Autosearch settings" button in the lower left corner of the "Customize Search Settings" dialog box. This opens the "Customize Autosearch Settings" box and in here is an entry for: "Chose a search provider for address bar searches". As I said, you are limited to the choices Microsoft gives you -- this may or may not upset you.

    There is a better method, but it takes a little bit of effort. It is the "Quick Search" add-on for IE5 (yes, it still works in IE6). If you want more information, just post back here.

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    Re: IE (6.0)

    I was trying to do it in the left hand bar under the customize, and found the utilities talked about, but there is no way I can find to add to what is there, which is msn. I would appreciate anything that would help.

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    Re: IE (6.0)

    In the left "Explorer bar", it is possible to change the default Search engine -- but you are right -- that cannot be done in the Customize box -- unless you want to chose one of the specific choices MS gives you. Presently those choices are:

    MSN Search, GoTo.com, AltaVista, Lycos, Excite, Yahoo!, Euroseek, and Northen Light.

    If you don't like those choices, then you need to modify your registry to substitute another search engine. Google has a reg file that you can download that makes this automatic. What exact engine to you want to use??

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