How to Change the Default Search Provider in Microsoft Word

Posted by Britt Duncan - December 19, 2014

Every user may have different preference when it comes to the search provider in Microsoft Office, which provides a quick search after you select certain texts or phrases. So, it may come handy if the default search in the Word/Excel/PowerPoint is the one you like. This post shows how to change the default search provider in Microsoft Office into the one you prefer.

Use the keyboard shortcut Windows Key + R to open the Run dialog box and type: regedit and hit Enter or click OK.

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Upon receiving UAC prompt, click Yes to continue.

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Next, expand the registry tree to locate entry : HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0\Common\General. Move to the right panel, right click on the blank space and select New -> String Value. Set its name as SearchProviderName.

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Double click on the value you just build and you will be able to edit its value. Change its value data to a search engine that you prefer. For instance, Google. Then click OK.

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Repeat the above step again to build another new String. This time, name it as SearchProviderURI and its value to be http://www.google.com/search?q= . Click OK and close Registry Editor.

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Note: if you choose Bing, then you need to type the value to the second String as http://www.bing.com/search?q= , or Yahoo, https://search.yahoo.com/yhs/search?p= respectively.

From now on, if you open up Word and right click on the selected content, you will see the designated search provider is listed on the right-click menu.

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