Change Default Search Engine in Safari

How to Change Safari’s Default Search Engine

While a great majority of Apple consumers are perfectly content to use their devices with all factory presets intact, there are still many others who desire to tweak their technological products in most or in every way that they are able to. One of the simpler, most consistently-asked questions about Apple’s OS is how to change the default search engine in the web browser Safari.

Here are a few steps:

  1. Open the browser and find the first heading to the right of the Apple logo on your toolbar (typically situated at the very top of the screen). It should read “Safari.” Click on it.
  2. A menu will appear under this heading; find and click on the button reading “Preferences…” and a corresponding window will appear on the screen. There, you are looking to find the magnifying glass icon labeled “Search.” Upon clicking this icon, you will see an array of information, the first field telling you that your search engine is already set to Google.
  3. Click on the word “Google” and a table will appear displaying the four available search engine options of Google, Yahoo, Bing, and DuckDuckGo. Select whichever you may prefer. Below this, you can also modify your preference as to whether or not you would like to see common search suggestions appear as you type search terms in the address bar, a common and useful feature which has already been selected.
  4. If you would like to employ an alternative search engine not immediately offered by Safari, you can click on the General icon in Preferences and change your start page to any address that you wish. Any other search engine can be implemented here so that each time you open your web browser, the homepage of your search engine of choice will appear automatically.

After following these directions, you should be able to surf the Net on the information highway of your choice!

Posted by Will on July 2, 2015

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