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Have you ever thought if you could use another browser than Safari on Mac with similar smoothness? Or when you search for something on your web browser, it submits your query to a search engine be it Google, Bing, Yahoo or other. All this depends on your Mac’s settings and configurations. However, it is easy to change the search engine on any of the browsers on your Mac.
Here, a detailed guide on how to change search engines on different Mac browsers. Read the article further to learn more.
How To Change Search Engine On Mac
In this article, we will cover major and prominent web browsers including Mac’s default Safari, Chrome, Firefox, and Opera. We’ll be telling you about the steps to change default search engines.
Change Search Engine In Safari On Mac
Safari is the default macOS browser and uses Google as the default search engine. It is anyhow easy to change it to another search engine. Here’s how to do it:
- Open Safari on your Mac.
- Head to Safari menu. You’ll find it at the top menu bar of your screen.
- Navigate to Preferences and select the Search tab located on the row of icons.
- Under the Search tab, you’ll find an option as Search Engine and a drop-down menu beside that.
- Choose any of the search engines from the list i.e. Google, Bing, Yahoo, or DuckDuckGo.
- Now, choose the red and black X at the upper left of the Preferences window to complete the process.
Change Search Engine In Chrome On Mac
Just like Safari, you can change the default search engine on Chrome web browser. To change search engine in Chrome, follow the steps below:
- Open Chrome.
- Click on the three-dots icon at the top right.
- Head to Settings.
- On the settings window, locate the Search Engine.
- Now you’ll see the Search Engine used in the address bar followed by a drop-down menu.
- Select your choice of the search engine from the drop-down menu i.e. Google, Bing, Yahoo, DuckDuckGo, and Ecosia.
You can also add a few more in the list and for this, tap on Manage search engines. On the next window, locate other search engines and tap Add. The Add Search Engine dialog box will appear. Enter the Search Engine name and URL and click on Add to complete the process.
Change Search Engine In Firefox On Mac
Google is the most popular search engine and is much convenient for everyone to use. But there are times when you feel the need to switch. While using Firefox on Mac, follow the steps below to change the search engine on Mac:
- Open Firefox.
- Head to the Firefox menu located on the top of your screen.
- Choose Preferences from the menu.
- On the next window, select the Search.
- You’ll then see the Default Search Engine.
- Select the drop-down and choose search engine out of Google, Yahoo!, Bing, DuckDuckGo or other.
Note: To add search engines to Firefox, head to Find more search engines at the bottom of the Search Preferences screen.
Change Search Engine In Opera On Mac
Opera is one of the amazing web browsers that is clutter free and offers ad-free browsing experience. To change the search engine on Mac in Opera, follow these steps:
- Open Opera on Mac.
- Select the Opera Menu at the top left of the screen and choose Preferences.
- On the next window, scroll down to the Search Engine.
- You’ll see Set which search engine is used… followed with a drop-down menu. Click on it to choose a search engine from Google, Yahoo!, Bing or others.
Opera works almost like Chrome and here also you can choose to Manage search engines > other search engines > Add > enter Name and URL for the search engine > Click Add to complete the process.
Changing Default Search Engine On Mac Made Easy!
However, Google is the most used and popular search engine. There are plenty others that can be used by people of different backgrounds. For instance, the people working on search engine optimization need to consider Bing, Yahoo! and other search engines to get the exact traffic report. There are many similar or other usages of using different search engines.
Which search engine would you like to use other than Google? Do let us know in the comments section below.
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