Re: Internet Explorer Searches - More Questions
- From: "Nepatsfan" <nepatsfan@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2006 20:45:13 -0500
I finally had a chance to dig a little deeper into your
question. Sorry to say that I don't have a solution to your
problem. If you haven't done so already you might want to post
your question to one of the Internet Explorer newsgroups.
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If your interested in what I did find out, keep reading.
At first, I wasn't seeing anything to do with
auto.search.msn.com. It wasn't until I tried to search from the
address bar on a computer that had a slower connection that I
saw it. Sure enough, when I searched from the address bar,
http://auto.search.msn.com/response.asp (followed by the search
terms) would flash in the status bar at the bottom of the
screen before going to Google. I tried this on another computer
and obtained the same results.
I tried changing the way IE searches from the address bar. I
tried changing a number of different registry entries related
to internet searches. Nothing I did changed this behavior. I'm
starting to think that this is somehow either written into
IE's code or buried deep within some cryptic registry
key. Basically, I'm stumped.
Since I've got a broadband connection and hardly ever search
directly from the address bar, this isn't that big a deal for
me but I can see as how this would have a negative impact on
those with a dial-up connection.
While researching this subject on the net, I couldn't find any
articles that even hinted at how to change the way address bar
searches are conducted. The only interesting items I found were
posts by a couple of conspiracy theorists who see this as some
big scheme by Microsoft to collect info on web searches done
through search engines other than MSN. FWIW, here's what I
FWIW, the options I referred to in the Search bar are available
by selecting "With Classic Internet search" right after you
select "Change Internet search behavior". Click OK and close
Internet Explorer. The next time you open IE and display the
Search bar it will be the one I described in my earlier post.
You can also make this change with Microsoft's TweakUI
PowerToy. Changing this registry value from yes to no
accomplishes the same result:
Sorry I couldn't be of more help.
Dennis Marks <denmarks@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
There seems to be 2 varieties of the search box and I can't
seem to be able to switch them. When I open view/explorer
bar/search or click the search button I get a pane with the
heading "What are you looking for?". If I click "change
preferences" and then "change internet search behavior" I am
able to set the default search engine to Google. When I now
enter something on the address bar a drop down box gives a
"search" option. When I click it the search goes to
Google.com but if you look in the lower left corner of the
screen you will see that it first goes to
I have seen the options given by Nepatsfan below in the past
but I don't seem to be able to get there now.
Disclaimer: The above is my opinion. I do not guarantee it.
Be sure to back up any files involved and use at your own
Open Internet Explorer.
Click on View -> Explorer bar -> Search.
This should bring up the Search bar in the left hand side
of the window. Click on the Customize button.
This should bring up the "Customize Search Settings" dialog.
At the bottom click on the "Autosearch settings" button.
In "Customize Autosearch Settings", click on the down arrow
in the box under "Choose a search provider for address bar
searches". In the box, make sure Google sites is selected.
Make sure "Just display results in main window" is selected.
Click OK twice.
Click on the X in the Search bar to close it.
Enter your search term in the address bar and hit enter.
You should now be taken directly to Google with the results
of your search displayed.
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