Internet, Networking, & Security Browsers How to Add Search Engines to Internet Explorer 11 Use your favorite search engine with IE11 by Scott Orgera Writer Scott Orgera is a former writer who covering tech since 2007. He has 25+ years experience as a programmer and QA leader, and holds several Microsoft certifications. our editorial process Facebook Twitter Scott Orgera Updated on May 22, 2020 Browsers Microsoft Chrome Safari Firefox Tweet Share Email 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. Select the Search drop-down arrow on the right side of the navigation bar. View the list of search engines that appears at the bottom of the drop-down menu. Select the icon for the search engine to make it the active or default search engine. 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. Select the Search drop-down arrow on the navigation bar. Select Add. Find the search engine you want to use from the Internet Explorer Gallery. Select Add below the search engine you want to use. Select Add again on the confirmation prompt. You can also enable or disable the option to use search suggestions from that search engine. 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.