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How to change your search engine

Article for: Novice users
Difficulty: Easy
Importance: Useful

We all know not to use Google for search. I've written about that here and here. But how do you change your default search engine to something better in various browsers?


Vivaldi: (about 13 options)

  • Alt-P for preferences
  • Search
  • Select the search engine
  • Check the box that says, Set as Default Search

Alternate search
Note the letters in front of most the engines in the list of search engines. That is what they call the Nickname. You can change it to whatever you like. Using that letter then space in the address bar will search with that engine. Since a is for Amazon, if I type "a Samsung Galaxy Tab" in the address bar, Vivaldi will search Amazon for the Samsung Galaxy Tab.

Firefox and Cliqz (about 19 options)

  • Settings menu: (3 lines in upper right corner)
  • Options
  • Choose Search
  • Choose your Search engine from the pull down list. Change whenever you like. 
    • For Firefox choose from the Default Search Engines list. 
    • For Cliqz choose from the Complementary search engine list.

Google (4 options)

  • Settings menu (Three dots in the upper right)
  • Choose Settings
  • Scroll down to Search Engine
  • Pull-down menu to select from the 4 options provided

Brave (4 options)

Same as Google

Each browser allows you to add search engines, but I'm not going into that in this article.

Date: August 2019

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