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  1. #1
    Bill Guest

    Default Unable to Change Search Engine

    I'm using IE8 with XP and when I try to change my search engine using
    the following Microsoft's "Help" steps, my screen looks nothing like
    what was suggested!

    "To change the default search provider

    Open Internet Explorer.
    Click the arrow to the right of the search box.

    Click Manage Search Providers.
    Click the search provider you would like to set as the default, click
    Set as default, and then click Close."

    I have NO "arrow to the right of the search box" - all I see is the
    search box followed by "Bing". I want to use Google.

    Suggestions, please!

    Bill


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  3. #2
    Don Varnau Guest

    Default Re: Unable to Change Search Engine

    Hi,
    You don't have the magnifying glass icon and down arrow to the right of the
    search box as shown in these images?
    http://blogs.msdn.com/ie/archive/200...e8-search.aspx

    Sorry, have to ask... This isn't a workplace computer which may have had
    restrictions applied, is it?

    Which version of XP? Home, Pro or Media Center?

    Don
    [MS MVP- IE]


    "Bill" <jw.helbron@verizon.net> wrote in message
    news:kb3eg5pllfl2sc95umg9707c78uaht87pf@4ax.com...
    > I'm using IE8 with XP and when I try to change my search engine using
    > the following Microsoft's "Help" steps, my screen looks nothing like
    > what was suggested!
    >
    > "To change the default search provider
    >
    > Open Internet Explorer.
    > Click the arrow to the right of the search box.
    >
    > Click Manage Search Providers.
    > Click the search provider you would like to set as the default, click
    > Set as default, and then click Close."
    >
    > I have NO "arrow to the right of the search box" - all I see is the
    > search box followed by "Bing". I want to use Google.
    >
    > Suggestions, please!
    >
    > Bill



  4. #3
    VanguardLH Guest

    Default Re: Unable to Change Search Engine

    Bill wrote:

    > I'm using IE8 with XP and when I try to change my search engine using
    > the following Microsoft's "Help" steps, my screen looks nothing like
    > what was suggested!
    >
    > "To change the default search provider
    >
    > Open Internet Explorer.
    > Click the arrow to the right of the search box.
    >
    > Click Manage Search Providers.
    > Click the search provider you would like to set as the default, click
    > Set as default, and then click Close."
    >
    > I have NO "arrow to the right of the search box" - all I see is the
    > search box followed by "Bing". I want to use Google.


    Alternate navigations:

    Internet Options -> Programs -> Manage Add-ons -> Search Providers
    Pick one and select to make it the default. Obviously you'll need more
    than one installed to have a choice.

    Tools menu -> Manage Add-ons -> Search Providers
    (assumes you have the Menu Bar displayed)

    You may have customized the Command Bar so I won't suggest how to
    navigate to the Manage Add-ons dialog from there.

  5. #4
    MB Guest

    Default Re: Unable to Change Search Engine

    I have IE8 with Windows7 and under the General tab for Home page, I typed in
    google's address. Then I clicked on the Settings button under Search,
    highlighted Google and clicked Set Default and moved it up to number one.
    Still didn't help my daily initial 'web page cannot be displayed' error, but
    once the diagnosis button does it's thing, google shows every time as the
    default.

    "VanguardLH" wrote:

    > Bill wrote:
    >
    > > I'm using IE8 with XP and when I try to change my search engine using
    > > the following Microsoft's "Help" steps, my screen looks nothing like
    > > what was suggested!
    > >
    > > "To change the default search provider
    > >
    > > Open Internet Explorer.
    > > Click the arrow to the right of the search box.
    > >
    > > Click Manage Search Providers.
    > > Click the search provider you would like to set as the default, click
    > > Set as default, and then click Close."
    > >
    > > I have NO "arrow to the right of the search box" - all I see is the
    > > search box followed by "Bing". I want to use Google.

    >
    > Alternate navigations:
    >
    > Internet Options -> Programs -> Manage Add-ons -> Search Providers
    > Pick one and select to make it the default. Obviously you'll need more
    > than one installed to have a choice.
    >
    > Tools menu -> Manage Add-ons -> Search Providers
    > (assumes you have the Menu Bar displayed)
    >
    > You may have customized the Command Bar so I won't suggest how to
    > navigate to the Manage Add-ons dialog from there.
    > .
    >


  6. #5
    Bill Guest

    Default Re: Unable to Change Search Engine

    Sorry, I'm using XP Home. The magnifying glass is there but NO down
    arrow to the right of the search box. This has what has stumped me.

    I did go to Control Panel>Internet Options>Programs>Manage
    Add-ons>Search Providers and found three providers: Bing and Google. I
    changed the order to Google and Bing, highlighted Google, but the "Set
    as default" button was greyed-out!

    I then highlighted Bing, the "Set as default" button and "Remove"
    button became available. Ithen highlighted Bing, hit "Remove",
    highlighted Google, but the "Set as default" button was still
    greyed-out!

    Bill


    On Fri, 20 Nov 2009 17:05:10 -0600, "Don Varnau"
    <don_04[at]varnau[dot]org> wrote:

    >Hi,
    >You don't have the magnifying glass icon and down arrow to the right of the
    >search box as shown in these images?
    >http://blogs.msdn.com/ie/archive/200...e8-search.aspx
    >
    >Sorry, have to ask... This isn't a workplace computer which may have had
    >restrictions applied, is it?
    >
    >Which version of XP? Home, Pro or Media Center?
    >
    >Don
    >[MS MVP- IE]
    >
    >
    >"Bill" <jw.helbron@verizon.net> wrote in message
    >news:kb3eg5pllfl2sc95umg9707c78uaht87pf@4ax.com.. .
    >> I'm using IE8 with XP and when I try to change my search engine using
    >> the following Microsoft's "Help" steps, my screen looks nothing like
    >> what was suggested!
    >>
    >> "To change the default search provider
    >>
    >> Open Internet Explorer.
    >> Click the arrow to the right of the search box.
    >>
    >> Click Manage Search Providers.
    >> Click the search provider you would like to set as the default, click
    >> Set as default, and then click Close."
    >>
    >> I have NO "arrow to the right of the search box" - all I see is the
    >> search box followed by "Bing". I want to use Google.
    >>
    >> Suggestions, please!
    >>
    >> Bill


  7. #6
    Don Varnau Guest

    Default Re: Unable to Change Search Engine

    Hi,
    See if this helps...
    Add a couple of providers- Bing and Yahoo for example. Make either one the
    default. Remove Google. Close and re-open IE. Use the "Find more search
    providers" link to re-add Google. Try to make Google the default.

    Don
    [MS MVP- IE]


    "Bill" <jw.helbron@verizon.net> wrote in message
    news:qd1gg5dq30200qg6477932c8aqpbjh133d@4ax.com...
    > Sorry, I'm using XP Home. The magnifying glass is there but NO down
    > arrow to the right of the search box. This has what has stumped me.
    >
    > I did go to Control Panel>Internet Options>Programs>Manage
    > Add-ons>Search Providers and found three providers: Bing and Google. I
    > changed the order to Google and Bing, highlighted Google, but the "Set
    > as default" button was greyed-out!
    >
    > I then highlighted Bing, the "Set as default" button and "Remove"
    > button became available. Ithen highlighted Bing, hit "Remove",
    > highlighted Google, but the "Set as default" button was still
    > greyed-out!
    >
    > Bill


    > On Fri, 20 Nov 2009 17:05:10 -0600, "Don Varnau"
    > <don_04[at]varnau[dot]org> wrote:
    >
    > >Hi,
    > >You don't have the magnifying glass icon and down arrow to the right of

    the
    > >search box as shown in these images?

    >
    >http://blogs.msdn.com/ie/archive/200...e8-search.aspx
    > >
    > >Sorry, have to ask... This isn't a workplace computer which may have had
    > >restrictions applied, is it?
    > >
    > >Which version of XP? Home, Pro or Media Center?


    > >"Bill" <jw.helbron@verizon.net> wrote in message
    > >news:kb3eg5pllfl2sc95umg9707c78uaht87pf@4ax.com.. .
    > >> I'm using IE8 with XP and when I try to change my search engine using
    > >> the following Microsoft's "Help" steps, my screen looks nothing like
    > >> what was suggested!
    > >>
    > >> "To change the default search provider
    > >>
    > >> Open Internet Explorer.
    > >> Click the arrow to the right of the search box.
    > >>
    > >> Click Manage Search Providers.
    > >> Click the search provider you would like to set as the default, click
    > >> Set as default, and then click Close."
    > >>
    > >> I have NO "arrow to the right of the search box" - all I see is the
    > >> search box followed by "Bing". I want to use Google.
    > >>
    > >> Suggestions, please!
    > >>
    > >> Bill



  8. #7
    Bill Guest

    Default Re: Unable to Change Search Engine

    Don, I tried your suggestion but still can't get rid of the Bing
    search bar AND still do not have a "down arrow" to the right of the
    magnifying glass. In addition, I went to Control Panel>Internet
    Options>General>Search, clicked on "Settings" and Google is the only
    search engine listed and it's set as "default" and "it's "enabled".
    But the bing search bar remains!! BTW, the "Prevent programs from
    suggesting changes to my default search provider" is unchecked, but
    I've tried it both checked and unchecked and no effect.

    Bill

    On Sat, 21 Nov 2009 17:17:51 -0600, "Don Varnau"
    <don_04[at]varnau[dot]org> wrote:

    >Hi,
    >See if this helps...
    >Add a couple of providers- Bing and Yahoo for example. Make either one the
    >default. Remove Google. Close and re-open IE. Use the "Find more search
    >providers" link to re-add Google. Try to make Google the default.
    >
    >Don
    >[MS MVP- IE]
    >
    >
    >"Bill" <jw.helbron@verizon.net> wrote in message
    >news:qd1gg5dq30200qg6477932c8aqpbjh133d@4ax.com.. .
    >> Sorry, I'm using XP Home. The magnifying glass is there but NO down
    >> arrow to the right of the search box. This has what has stumped me.
    >>
    >> I did go to Control Panel>Internet Options>Programs>Manage
    >> Add-ons>Search Providers and found three providers: Bing and Google. I
    >> changed the order to Google and Bing, highlighted Google, but the "Set
    >> as default" button was greyed-out!
    >>
    >> I then highlighted Bing, the "Set as default" button and "Remove"
    >> button became available. Ithen highlighted Bing, hit "Remove",
    >> highlighted Google, but the "Set as default" button was still
    >> greyed-out!
    >>
    >> Bill

    >
    >> On Fri, 20 Nov 2009 17:05:10 -0600, "Don Varnau"
    >> <don_04[at]varnau[dot]org> wrote:
    >>
    >> >Hi,
    >> >You don't have the magnifying glass icon and down arrow to the right of

    >the
    >> >search box as shown in these images?

    >>
    >>http://blogs.msdn.com/ie/archive/200...e8-search.aspx
    >> >
    >> >Sorry, have to ask... This isn't a workplace computer which may have had
    >> >restrictions applied, is it?
    >> >
    >> >Which version of XP? Home, Pro or Media Center?

    >
    >> >"Bill" <jw.helbron@verizon.net> wrote in message
    >> >news:kb3eg5pllfl2sc95umg9707c78uaht87pf@4ax.com.. .
    >> >> I'm using IE8 with XP and when I try to change my search engine using
    >> >> the following Microsoft's "Help" steps, my screen looks nothing like
    >> >> what was suggested!
    >> >>
    >> >> "To change the default search provider
    >> >>
    >> >> Open Internet Explorer.
    >> >> Click the arrow to the right of the search box.
    >> >>
    >> >> Click Manage Search Providers.
    >> >> Click the search provider you would like to set as the default, click
    >> >> Set as default, and then click Close."
    >> >>
    >> >> I have NO "arrow to the right of the search box" - all I see is the
    >> >> search box followed by "Bing". I want to use Google.
    >> >>
    >> >> Suggestions, please!
    >> >>
    >> >> Bill


  9. #8
    Bill Guest

    Default Re: Unable to Change Search Engine

    Don,

    I think the problem here is is a misunderstanding of "search bar"
    location! I am referring to the Bing search bar that is to the right
    of the MyMSN logo, NOT the search bar at the top right of the My MSN -
    Windows Internet Explorer screen!

    At the top right search bar, Google is set and I do have an arrow to
    the right of the glass!

    Bill

    On Sun, 22 Nov 2009 07:16:25 -0800, Bill <jw.helbron@verizon.net>
    wrote:

    >Don, I tried your suggestion but still can't get rid of the Bing
    >search bar AND still do not have a "down arrow" to the right of the
    >magnifying glass. In addition, I went to Control Panel>Internet
    >Options>General>Search, clicked on "Settings" and Google is the only
    >search engine listed and it's set as "default" and "it's "enabled".
    >But the bing search bar remains!! BTW, the "Prevent programs from
    >suggesting changes to my default search provider" is unchecked, but
    >I've tried it both checked and unchecked and no effect.
    >
    >Bill
    >
    >On Sat, 21 Nov 2009 17:17:51 -0600, "Don Varnau"
    ><don_04[at]varnau[dot]org> wrote:
    >
    >>Hi,
    >>See if this helps...
    >>Add a couple of providers- Bing and Yahoo for example. Make either one the
    >>default. Remove Google. Close and re-open IE. Use the "Find more search
    >>providers" link to re-add Google. Try to make Google the default.
    >>
    >>Don
    >>[MS MVP- IE]
    >>
    >>
    >>"Bill" <jw.helbron@verizon.net> wrote in message
    >>news:qd1gg5dq30200qg6477932c8aqpbjh133d@4ax.com. ..
    >>> Sorry, I'm using XP Home. The magnifying glass is there but NO down
    >>> arrow to the right of the search box. This has what has stumped me.
    >>>
    >>> I did go to Control Panel>Internet Options>Programs>Manage
    >>> Add-ons>Search Providers and found three providers: Bing and Google. I
    >>> changed the order to Google and Bing, highlighted Google, but the "Set
    >>> as default" button was greyed-out!
    >>>
    >>> I then highlighted Bing, the "Set as default" button and "Remove"
    >>> button became available. Ithen highlighted Bing, hit "Remove",
    >>> highlighted Google, but the "Set as default" button was still
    >>> greyed-out!
    >>>
    >>> Bill

    >>
    >>> On Fri, 20 Nov 2009 17:05:10 -0600, "Don Varnau"
    >>> <don_04[at]varnau[dot]org> wrote:
    >>>
    >>> >Hi,
    >>> >You don't have the magnifying glass icon and down arrow to the right of

    >>the
    >>> >search box as shown in these images?
    >>>
    >>>http://blogs.msdn.com/ie/archive/200...e8-search.aspx
    >>> >
    >>> >Sorry, have to ask... This isn't a workplace computer which may have had
    >>> >restrictions applied, is it?
    >>> >
    >>> >Which version of XP? Home, Pro or Media Center?

    >>
    >>> >"Bill" <jw.helbron@verizon.net> wrote in message
    >>> >news:kb3eg5pllfl2sc95umg9707c78uaht87pf@4ax.com.. .
    >>> >> I'm using IE8 with XP and when I try to change my search engine using
    >>> >> the following Microsoft's "Help" steps, my screen looks nothing like
    >>> >> what was suggested!
    >>> >>
    >>> >> "To change the default search provider
    >>> >>
    >>> >> Open Internet Explorer.
    >>> >> Click the arrow to the right of the search box.
    >>> >>
    >>> >> Click Manage Search Providers.
    >>> >> Click the search provider you would like to set as the default, click
    >>> >> Set as default, and then click Close."
    >>> >>
    >>> >> I have NO "arrow to the right of the search box" - all I see is the
    >>> >> search box followed by "Bing". I want to use Google.
    >>> >>
    >>> >> Suggestions, please!
    >>> >>
    >>> >> Bill


  10. #9
    PA Bear [MS MVP] Guest

    Default Re: Unable to Change Search Engine

    Either you chose to install the MSN-customized version of IE8 or you have
    MSN Toolbar installed, Bill.
    --
    ~Robear Dyer (PA Bear)
    MS MVP-IE, Mail, Security, Windows Client - since 2002
    www.banthecheck.com

    Bill wrote:
    > Don,
    >
    > I think the problem here is is a misunderstanding of "search bar"
    > location! I am referring to the Bing search bar that is to the right
    > of the MyMSN logo, NOT the search bar at the top right of the My MSN -
    > Windows Internet Explorer screen!
    >
    > At the top right search bar, Google is set and I do have an arrow to
    > the right of the glass!
    >
    > Bill
    >
    > On Sun, 22 Nov 2009 07:16:25 -0800, Bill <jw.helbron@verizon.net>
    > wrote:
    >
    >> Don, I tried your suggestion but still can't get rid of the Bing
    >> search bar AND still do not have a "down arrow" to the right of the
    >> magnifying glass. In addition, I went to Control Panel>Internet
    >> Options>General>Search, clicked on "Settings" and Google is the only
    >> search engine listed and it's set as "default" and "it's "enabled".
    >> But the bing search bar remains!! BTW, the "Prevent programs from
    >> suggesting changes to my default search provider" is unchecked, but
    >> I've tried it both checked and unchecked and no effect.
    >>
    >> Bill
    >>
    >> On Sat, 21 Nov 2009 17:17:51 -0600, "Don Varnau"
    >> <don_04[at]varnau[dot]org> wrote:
    >>
    >>> Hi,
    >>> See if this helps...
    >>> Add a couple of providers- Bing and Yahoo for example. Make either one
    >>> the
    >>> default. Remove Google. Close and re-open IE. Use the "Find more search
    >>> providers" link to re-add Google. Try to make Google the default.
    >>>
    >>> Don
    >>> [MS MVP- IE]
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> "Bill" <jw.helbron@verizon.net> wrote in message
    >>> news:qd1gg5dq30200qg6477932c8aqpbjh133d@4ax.com...
    >>>> Sorry, I'm using XP Home. The magnifying glass is there but NO down
    >>>> arrow to the right of the search box. This has what has stumped me.
    >>>>
    >>>> I did go to Control Panel>Internet Options>Programs>Manage
    >>>> Add-ons>Search Providers and found three providers: Bing and Google. I
    >>>> changed the order to Google and Bing, highlighted Google, but the "Set
    >>>> as default" button was greyed-out!
    >>>>
    >>>> I then highlighted Bing, the "Set as default" button and "Remove"
    >>>> button became available. Ithen highlighted Bing, hit "Remove",
    >>>> highlighted Google, but the "Set as default" button was still
    >>>> greyed-out!
    >>>>
    >>>> Bill
    >>>
    >>>> On Fri, 20 Nov 2009 17:05:10 -0600, "Don Varnau"
    >>>> <don_04[at]varnau[dot]org> wrote:
    >>>>
    >>>>> Hi,
    >>>>> You don't have the magnifying glass icon and down arrow to the right
    >>>>> of
    >>>>> the search box as shown in these images?
    >>>>
    >>>> http://blogs.msdn.com/ie/archive/200...e8-search.aspx
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Sorry, have to ask... This isn't a workplace computer which may have
    >>>>> had
    >>>>> restrictions applied, is it?
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Which version of XP? Home, Pro or Media Center?
    >>>
    >>>>> "Bill" <jw.helbron@verizon.net> wrote in message
    >>>>> news:kb3eg5pllfl2sc95umg9707c78uaht87pf@4ax.com...
    >>>>>> I'm using IE8 with XP and when I try to change my search engine using
    >>>>>> the following Microsoft's "Help" steps, my screen looks nothing like
    >>>>>> what was suggested!
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> "To change the default search provider
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> Open Internet Explorer.
    >>>>>> Click the arrow to the right of the search box.
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> Click Manage Search Providers.
    >>>>>> Click the search provider you would like to set as the default, click
    >>>>>> Set as default, and then click Close."
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> I have NO "arrow to the right of the search box" - all I see is the
    >>>>>> search box followed by "Bing". I want to use Google.
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> Suggestions, please!
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> Bill



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