If you are looking to add new search engine provider to internet explorer 8 you do not have to sweat much. The Internet Explorer 8 provides the user the choice of several search providers. The Internet explorer version 8 is developed such that it provides Live Search by default, on installation. There are ways to add new search providers to it. For example Google can be added as a search provider. You need to follow a few simple steps detailed below.

To add a new search provider to internet explorer 8 first you need to Click on the drop down menu of the Search Box and select the option ‘Manage Search Providers’. This will open up the ‘Manage Add-ons’ window. Now you may add search engine of your choice and edit the offered choices. Now you need to click on ‘Find more search providers…’ option visible at the bottom left corner of the ‘Manage Add-ons’ window. On clicking this option you will be taken to a gallery of Search Providers on Internet Explorer Add-ons webpage. Here you may browse the list of available search providers and select the one of your choice. After this you have to simply click on ‘Add to Internet Explorer’ to install the search provider i.e. Google in our present example.

You may also choose to make the search provider of your choice as the default search provider and for this all you need to do is to tick the ‘Make this my default search provider’ checkbox shown in the ‘Add Search Provider’ window. After this process you can simply click the ‘Add’ button to complete the installation

Now the search provider of your choice will show up in the ‘Manage Add-ons’ window and the drop down menu of Internet Explorer 8 search box. If in case you do not find the search provider of your choice in the Internet Explorer 8’s gallery you also have the option of creating your own search provider.


  1. You’re lucky, msamolo; from Windows XPx64, using IE8, I see a list consisting of exactly ONE entry, the one I’ve already got (Live Search) and don’t want.

    I begin to see how Microsoft manages to be so unpopular.

    They treat XP users like lepers. I have to use XP x64 because my critical work-related software won’t work on any other system.

  2. i click on “Find more search providers” and on the opened page i see only small list of seeach engines, where is the old feature to add “my own” search engine ?