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.



Upon receiving UAC prompt, click Yes to continue.


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.


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.


Repeat the above step again to build another new String. This time, name it as SearchProviderURI and its value to be . Click OK and close Registry Editor.


Note: if you choose Bing, then you need to type the value to the second String as , or Yahoo, 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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