How to change the default search engine on Surface Pro 3 with Internet Explorer

By default, entering a search on the Internet Explorer navigation bar on the Surface Pro 3 gives you Bing results. What if you want to use a different search provider? For example, maybe you want Yahoo search results, instead. Or Google. We'll show you in our quick how-to video.

  1. Launch the Desktop on your Surface Pro 3.
  2. Open Internet Explorer in Desktop mode. You can find it in your Desktop Taskbar by default.
  3. Tap the gear menu at the top-right corner of the Internet Explorer Window.
  4. Select Manage add-ons.
  5. Select the Search Providers category.
  6. Click the Find more search providers link at the bottom of the window.
  7. Select your preferred search engine on the Internet Explorer Gallery.
  8. Click the Add to Internet Explorer button on the page.
  9. Check the box that says make it your default provider and then click the add button.

That's it! Now just restart Internet Explorer for the changes to take effect. Which search provider did you select? Let us know in the comments!

Mark Guim is Video Editor at Windows Central. He switched to Windows because the MacBook Pro isn't Pro enough. You can follow him on Twitter at @markguim.

43 Comments
  • Why would anyone want to not Bing?
  • You would be very surprised once you leave the Microsoft bubble what people know and prefer...
  • People are brainwashed. Posted via Windows Phone Central App
  • Well said!
  • Well I was very surprised when I left the Google bubble and went Microsoft
  • I know, right?
  • HAIL BING!
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  • Well said rockstarzzz!! Scroogled?? NO, THANK YOU!!!
  • why no one use duckduckgo?
  • As much as I like MS as a company, unfortunately Bing hasn't stepped up to Google in relevant or local results. I also don't get any rewards or incentives in my country so for now I still have to stick to Google search and YouTube.
  • Can't agree there. Bing gives me way better search results :)
  • Exactly! Bing is awesome.
  • I think that in US it works perfectly, but in my country (Czech Republic) it is just worse than google  
  • I like the way the article recommends Yahoo over Google :)
  • Agreed... Scroogle is third option
  • Yahoo is powered by Bing :)
  • Mark named his dog "Google". I doubt he hates Google lol Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • No thanks, Google doesn't give me rewards.
  • Yep. I try to keep telling my other Xbox-playing friends how much money in free Xbox gift cards I get every month simply by using Bing instead of a different search engine, but people are dumb.
  • Yes agreed... People are always dumb or prefer to remain dumb
  • I don't get that reward program here in Canada. So, no, Google is still my top choice for searching.
  • What? I didn't know that...i always use bing and never knew...or is it for US only?
  • It is US only, but if you change your homepage to Bing.com (and long in) you'll still accumulate points.
  • Bing doesn't give me rewards either.
  • Yes Bing is my default search engine so it internet explorer
  • I use Opera browser but they removed Bing from one of the search engines in the navigation bar. Does anyone know how to get it back?
  • If you have previously installed Opera, navigate to C:\Program Files (x86)\Opera\xx.xx\resources folder and search for default_partner_content.json. Copy and paste it to the new version folder.
  • That's why I uninstalled opera, as much as I liked that browser, now I'm getting used to Firefox, the people from opera forums are not really helpful, they can't seem to give a proper answer without making you feel insulted, now I'll stick to Firefox for a long time since internet explorer doesn't work well on my laptop, I can't use to log on my outlook account
  • no thanks i'm really comfortable with Bing
  • Sry but i always prefer Google over bing. Bing just never finds the things im looking for...
  • Yeah... Bing doesn't provide good porn. That's it
  • Lol wait what??..
  • Coming from the comfort zone of being a google user, it was kinda odd using bing, its been a month using bing & I have to say I'm impressed, it helps me find programming tutorials easier than google
  • I love Microsoft, I love bing. But I know what this article is about... Great that you recommend Yahoo! first ;-)
  • Yahoo is great - its powered by bing
  • I prefer Bing on a computer's browser, but I wish the mobile site on the iPhone was better. Bing on WP is excellent. Probably will use Bing forever. :)
  • I always replace Bing with Google. But then again...I don't really need to worry much as I use Chrome instead of IE. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • I would never use Yahoo. If I'm going to use Bing, I'll use it full and proper. Yahoo is ugly anyways, and doesn't give me my Bing rewards.
  • Long time Bing reward user (> 1 yr). Not bad originally, but it is getting worse these days. Bing rewards is not even worth. The pay is not that much if you consider the time you wasted. Results become terrible. May be I am in a bad test pool.
  • Love the unnecessarily restrictive article title. These instructions apply not only to the Surface Pro 3, but any other Windows computer that runs IE.
  • If Google doesn't support windows then I support Google.
  • I've been using Bing on my SP3 to find out if the awards program is worth it ... and I do like the Bing results that are pulled up, as I always find what I'm looking for. On my desk top computer I use DuckDuckGo, because they don't track you and sell your information.  You get great results and find what you are looking for every time. If I find that the Bing rewards aren't worth it, I'm going with DuckDuckGo on the SP3.  I do absolutely love the daily photograph on the Bing page!  It ALMOST makes it worth being tracked!
  • I just used it to REMOVE Yahoo as my default search provider. Darned addons. Also, having gone from extensive Google searching to Bing searching, I like Bing better. As well, Bing does better finding Microsoft TechNet articles, which I use extensively.