As of the writing of this blog article (1/22/15) Google Search is mysteriously missing from the Internet Explorer Gallery / IE Gallery.  Need to add Google Search to IE, Microsoft says: tough luck, use crappy Bing instead.  Here’s a solid workaround which I got from exporting the search entry from the registry of a Windows 7 system where Google was already active in IE.  The following should work in all versions of IE 11 or later across all versions of Windows.  This registry file has been tested with Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 as well as their parent server versions (2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2).

To install the Google Internet Search in Internet Explorer:

  1. Close Internet Explorer
  2. Import the REG file below.
  3. Run Internet Explorer
  4. Be sure to set Google as default by clicking the Gear at top right, Manage add-ons, Search Providers, Right Click Google and click on “Set as Default”
  5. The icon for Google search should appear after you run the first search.

Note that “send keystrokes to Google” will be turned on by default.  You can disable that behavior in Manage add-ons.

Download the REG file here

You may need to right-click the above and select “Save As” or “Save Target As”



10 Responses to Google Search Missing from IE Gallery / Internet Explorer Gallery – FIXED!

  1. IKI says:

    BRAVO! Worked like charm!

  2. kineticMan says:

    Thanks, perfect!

  3. komoornik says:

    Almost ok registry change. After that IE does not want to resume sessions.

  4. mike says:

    you sir are an absolute godsend thankyou so much.

  5. Gerardo says:

    Works great IE11 W10 TP build 10130

  6. Paul says:

    Thank you very much! Works with the newest version of ie11 (11.0.9600.17842)

  7. Arnorel says:

    Just install this from IE Google Search AddOn

  8. betty says:

    worked like magic.
    I have been trying all sort for 3 weeks,i am so happy.

  9. WS says:

    Instead of clicking the link and downloading, just go to Manage add-ons (under Tools), click Search Providers, and on the bottom click Find more search providers.. and the IE gallery launches, there you can add Google, but you have to close and reopen the Manage add ons window to see it.. right click on Google and add as default, right click on Bing and delete

  10. WS says:

    just go to Manage add-ons (under Tools), click Search Providers, and if you don’t see Google listed, on the bottom click Find more search providers.. and the IE gallery launches, there you can add Google, but you have to close and reopen the Manage add ons window to see it.. right click on Google and add as default, right click on Bing and delete.. this is easier than clicking the suggested link and downloading

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