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”

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