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Chapter 18. Exploring the Web with Inter... > Setting Up Other Search Engines for ...

Setting Up Other Search Engines for Address Bar Searching

Address bar–based searching with the search text preceded by a keyword such as go or ? is often the quickest route for simple searches. Unfortunately, you’re limited to using Internet Explorer’s default search engine. But what if you regularly use several search engines, depending on the search text or the results you get? In that case, it’s still possible to set up an AutoSearch for any number of other search engines. Here are a few sample steps that create an AutoSearch URL for Google searches:

Run the Registry Editor and display the following key:

HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explore\SearchURL

Create a new subkey. The name of this subkey will be the text that you enter into the Address bar before the search text. For example, if you name this subkey google, you’ll initiate an Address bar search by typing google text, where text is your search text.

Highlight the new subkey and open its (Default) value for editing.

Type the URL that initiates a search for the search engine, and specify %s as a placeholder for the search text. For Google, the URL looks like this


You also have to specify the characters or hexadecimal values that Internet Explorer substitutes for characters that have special meaning within a query string: space, pound sign (#), percent (%), ampersand (&), plus (+), equal (=), and question mark (?). To do this, add the following settings to the new subkey:




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