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Why can't I change SEARCH ENGINES?

2840 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Oct 25, 2009 8:59 AM by lonestarm RSS
Ed State Level 2 Level 2 (445 points)
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Jun 16, 2009 7:45 PM
I use the Google Searchbar ALL THE TIME. ...and when Wolfram Alfa came out, I thought about changing it, just to check it out, but couldn't easily find a solution. And now that Bing has come out, I'd really love to put it through it's paces... but there's no way to make it my searchbar, save for installing some shareware program! (I already have enough on my computer, lol).

I've heard of some terminal hacks, but they seem really complicated.

I don't want it to be my HOME PAGE, I want it to be my SEARCH BAR!

Has ANYONE heard of ANYTHING besides yet another shareware program...?

Grumble grumble.

More importantly, wouldn't Microsoft be SUED by the EU for not allowing this kind of "search choice"?

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  • hpr3 Level 5 Level 5 (5,700 points)
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    Jun 16, 2009 8:02 PM (in response to Ed State)
    Try Glims. It's free.
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  • Dave Dahle Level 1 Level 1 (60 points)
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    Jun 16, 2009 8:25 PM (in response to Ed State)
    Go with Glims - you can change search providers to your heart's content there.
    Agreed that Safari should have this "search choice" built in like Internet Exploiter does.
    Mac mini, Mac OS X (10.5.7)
  • TechCommandos Calculating status...
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    Jul 12, 2009 7:13 AM (in response to Ed State)
    I would like to see Bing, I found it useful
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  • sitspotsit Level 3 Level 3 (780 points)
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    Jul 12, 2009 7:24 AM (in response to Ed State)
    Wolfram|Alpha isn't a search engine, it's a computation knowledge engine, so you can't use that as your search engine. If you want to use Bing instead of Google, you'll need to install Glims, which is free. There are no Terminal hacks for this; it must be done by modifying Safari at launch time; thus, the requirement of a third party extension.

    Microsoft would not be sued by the EU because there is nothing stopping a user from using the search engine of their choice. There's no requirement that it be available in the search field of the browser; that's just a convenience.
    iMac 15" 1.35 Ghz PPC G4, Mac OS X (10.4.11), 1 GB RAM
  • M Williams Calculating status...
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    Aug 10, 2009 6:50 PM (in response to Ed State)
    Now that the Google guy is off the Apple Board of Directors, perhaps there won't be any pressure to have only Google as the built-in search engine... (I don't think it's an accident the search engine was hardcoded into the app.) Maybe now Safari can give us a choice of search engines?

    I myself use Butler to switch to other search engines (as well as dictionary, news, etc., engines). But it's too bad such a simple request has to have such a complicated solution!

    Btw, I mainly use clusty.com. It's SO much more useful than either Google or Bing-Yahoo.
    MacBookPro 15", Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • lonestarm Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 25, 2009 8:59 AM (in response to Ed State)
    FWIW: I was also frustrated that Snow Leopard killed search engine options other than Google.
    (I hated having to use Google)
    The free addon "Glims" now works. Gives 12alternatives of Lycos, Ask, Bing, etc.
    My favorite is ixquick.

    Check out: http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/27708/glims
    MacbookPro, Mac OS X (10.6.1), TimeMachine iPhone 3Gs

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