When Windows 8 will finally be released users will notice that IE 10 comes with Microsoft’s Bing setup as the homepage or default search engine, for both the Metro and desktop version of the popular internet browser.
Until now, setting Google as homepage in Internet Explorer (or default search engine) wasa task that could be done easily by anyone who knew how to use a browser. As IE 10 now plays an important role in the Windows 8 experience, you will have to use the search provider feature and add it to the approved list. This article will show you how to set Google as homepage in IE 10.
In Windows 8, Microsoft wants to offer its user the best possible browsing experience with Internet Explorer 10. To achieve this goal in Windows 8, the company decided to have a one instance of IE 10 browser optimized for touch enabled devices and one version optimized for use on the desktop PC.
As a result, there are numerous features which have been added to IE 10 browser to make it a lot easier for the user to browse the web. One of these features is the Internet Explorer add-ons over which you know have a more thorough control and visibility.
- Open the desktop version of IE 10 and go to the following website http://www.iegallery.com/en-US/Addons/Details/813
- Google search engine should now appear on your screen. Click on the ‘add to Internet Explorer’ button to add it to the search provider list;
- Windows will ask for your confirmation if you would like to add Google as a search provider in Internet Explorer 10. To set Google as homepage in IE 10 browser you will have to select the following option ‘make this as my default search provider’ and only then click on the add button again;
This is how you set Google as homepage in IE 10 browser, or how to replace Bing as the default search engine provider from Internet Explorer 10. By doing this in the desktop version of the browser, you will also set Google as homepage in the Metro version of IE 10 that was designed for touch enabled devices.
If you would like to see what are the search providers available in Internet Explorer 10 browser, or to go back from having Google as homepage in IE 10, you have to access the ‘Manage add-ons’ option from the browser.
This guide can be used for setting any other search engine as homepage in Internet Explorer 10, not just Google, so feel free to add the one you like.