How to Manage Search Engines in Maxthon for Windows

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

Maxthon's integrated search box provides the ability to instantly submit a keyword string to the search engine of your choice. There are a number of options available via a convenient drop-down menu, including the default Google as well as niche engines such as Baidu and Yandex. Also included is the handy Maxthon Multi Search, which simultaneously displays results from multiple engines.

Full control over which search engines are installed, as well as their order of importance and individual behavior, is offered via Maxthon's settings. In order to fully understand these settings, as well as how to safely modify them, follow this in-depth tutorial. First, open your Maxthon browser.

Click Maxthon's Menu button, represented by three broken horizontal lines and located in the upper right-hand corner of your browser window. When the drop-down menu appears, select Settings. Maxthon's Settings interface should now be displayed in a new tab. Click on Search Engine, found in the left menu pane and selected in the example above. Towards the top of the screen should be a drop-down menu labeled Default search engine, displaying its default value of Google. To change Maxthon's default search engine, simply click on this menu and choose from one of the available choices.

Search Engine Management

Maxthon also allows you to edit the details of each installed search engine, including its name and alias.

To begin the editing process, first select a search engine from the Search Engine Management section and click on the Edit button. Details for the search engine which you selected should now be displayed. Name and alias values are editable and your changes can be committed by clicking on OK. The components available in the Edit window are as follows.

  • Name: A required field, this is the name assigned to the respective search engine.
  • Search URL: Displays the full search engine URL, including all custom parameters.
  • Alias: The only optional component in this window, Alias can be very useful. Any value placed in this field can then be utilized as a shortcut in the browser's address bar. For example, assigning a value of 'y' would then allow the following syntax in Maxthon's Address Bar: y browser add-ons. This string would then return that engine's search results for browser add-ons.

You can also add a new search engine to Maxthon via the Add button, which will prompt you for a name, alias and search URL.

Order of Preference

The Search Engine Management section also provides the ability to rank the available engines in whatever order you prefer. To do so, select an engine and modify its rank via the Move up or Move down button.