How to Change the Safari Search Engine in Windows

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Safari Preferences

safari windows search engine
Scott Orgera

This tutorial is only intended for users running the Safari Web browser on Windows operating systems.

Safari for Windows provides a search box to the right of its address bar which allows you to easily submit keyword searches. By default, results of these searches are returned by the Google engine. However, you can change Safari's default search engine to either Yahoo! or Bing. This step-by-step tutorial shows you how. First, open your Safari browser.

Click on the Gear icon, located in the upper right-hand corner of your browser window. When the drop-down menu appears, select Preferences... You can also utilize the following keyboard shortcut in lieu of selecting this menu item: CTRL + , (COMMA).

Safari's Preferences should be displayed, overlaying your browser window. Click on the General tab if it is not already selected. Next, locate the section labeled Default search engine. Notice that Safari's current search engine is displayed here. Click on the drop-down menu in the Default search engine section. You should see three choices: Google, Yahoo!, and Bing. Select the option that you desire. In the example above, Yahoo! has been chosen.

Your new search engine choice should now be reflected in the Default search engine section. Click on the red 'X', located in the upper right-hand corner of the Preferences dialog, to return to your main Safari browser window. Your new Safari default search engine should now be displayed in the browser's search box. You have successfully changed your browser's default search engine.