How to Add Search Engines to Internet Explorer 11

Use your favorite search engine with IE11

Internet Explorer 11 comes with Microsoft's Bing as the default search engine. However, IE lets you add other search engines, like Google, YouTube, Yahoo, Wikipedia, and eBay. Add additional search engines to Internet Explorer by selecting an add-on from a list available in the Internet Explorer Gallery.

Check for Installed Search Engines

Before you add a different search engine to Internet Explorer 11, first check to see which search engines are already installed. You might have the one you want.

  1. Select the Search drop-down arrow on the right side of the navigation bar.

    Internet Explorer with the search arrow highlighted
  2. View the list of search engines that appears at the bottom of the drop-down menu.

  3. Select the icon for the search engine to make it the active or default search engine.

    Internet Explorer with the search engine options highlighted

How to Install a New IE11 Search Engine

If the search engine you want isn't installed in Internet Explorer 11, follow these steps to add a new one to the browser:

You must follow these steps from Internet Explorer, not from Chrome, Opera, Firefox, or any other browser.

  1. Select the Search drop-down arrow on the navigation bar.

    Internet Explorer with the search arrow highlighted
  2. Select Add.

    Internet Explorer with the Add Search Engine button highlighted
  3. Find the search engine you want to use from the Internet Explorer Gallery.

  4. Select Add below the search engine you want to use.

    The Internet Explorer Gallery with the Add button highlighted
  5. Select Add again on the confirmation prompt.

    You can also enable or disable the option to use search suggestions from that search engine.

    The Internet Explorer gallery with the Add button highlighted
  6. Enable the new search engine by selecting the Search drop-down arrow and choosing the search engine's icon. The active one has a blue square around it.