How to Change the Search Engine in Safari Windows

By Nick Peers

Learn how you can change the default search engine in Safari for Windows and Safari for Mac. Use a custom search provider if necessary.

Change the default search engine in Safari for Windows or Safari for Mac and use your preferred service to conduct your Web searches. You can't add new search providers to Safari in Mac OS X or Windows unless you install additional extensions.

Tip

The default search engine is the service used by Safari when you search the Web directly from the Web browser's toolbar.

Safari for Windows

Step 1

Launch Safari for Windows, click the gear icon and select Preferences from the menu to open the Safari Preferences window.

The Safari menu in Safari for Windows.

Tip

The keyboard shortcut to open the Safari Preferences window is Ctrl-, (Control-comma).

Step 2

Select the General tab if it's not selected by default and then expand the Default Search Engine box. Select one of the available search engines: Google, Yahoo or Bing.

The Default Search Engine box in Safari Preferences.

Close the Safari Preferences window. The new settings are applied immediately and you don't need to restart the program to use the new search provider.

Warning

There is no option to add a new search provider in Safari for Windows.

Test the changes by looking at the search field at the top of Safari. The default search provider is listed in the box.

The search box in Safari for Windows.

To use other search providers, install their extensions in Safari for Windows. If the provider doesn't offer an extension for Safari, you may not be able to use it to search the Web. Some extensions, such as PopSearch and AnySearch, can use custom search providers.

Tip

You can add new search providers to other browsers such as Firefox, Chrome and even Internet Explorer.

Safari for Mac

Step 1

Launch Safari on your Mac, click Safari and choose Preferences from the menu to open the Safari Preferences dialog. The keyboard shortcut to open the dialog is Command-, (Command-comma).

The Safari menu in Mac OS X.

Step 2

Ensure the General tab is selected and then choose a different search engine from the Default Search Engine drop-down box. You can choose from Google, Yahoo, Bing and DuckDuckGo. Unlike other search engines, DuckDuckGo does not track its users.

Change other options from the General tab.

Tip

  • You can't add custom search providers in Safari for Mac.
  • If the search provider doesn't have an extension for Safari, you may be able to use other extensions that allow you to use a custom search engine.
  • You can change the default search engine in Safari on iOS devices.