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How to change the default search engine in Safari

Use Google or Yahoo to drive your Safari web searches

If you're using Apple's Safari web browser on a Mac, you may prefer to use a more familiar search engine than its default Bing. In just a couple of clicks you can change the default search engine to Google or Yahoo, or you can do so on the fly for individual searches. Here's how.

 How to change Safari's default search engine

Change Safari's default search engine, step 1. Launch Safari. Choose Preferences... from the Safari menu.

 Change Safari's default search engine step 1

Change Safari's default search engine, step 2. Open the General tab in the Preferences dialog that pops up.

 Change Safari's default search engine step 2

Change Safari's default search engine, step 3. In the 'Default search engine' field select a search engine from the drop-down menu. Safari offers a choice of Google, Yahoo and Bing. Close the dialog to save the changes.

 Change Safari's default search engine step 3

Change Safari's default search engine, step 4. Having changed the default search engine, its name will now appear in the search bar at the top right of Safari's window.

Change Safari's default search engine step 4 

Change Safari's default search engine, step 5. You can also specify the engine for individual searches on the fly. Begin typing your search query into Safari's address bar, then select Google, Yahoo or Bing from the context menu.

Change Safari's default search engine step 5

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