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Add Google to your Browser

In addition to making Google your homepage, you can also make Google your default search engine. Other browser tricks, such as Sherlock plug-ins, are also available.

Make Google Your Homepage

Netscape 4.0-6.0

  1. Select "Preferences" from the "Edit" menu.
  2. Click on "Navigator."
  3. In the "Navigator Starts with" section, select "Home page."
  4. In the "Home page" section, type "" in the text box.
  5. Click "OK."
Internet Explorer 4.0-5.0
  1. Select "Internet Options" from the "View" menu.
  2. Click on the "General" tab.
  3. In the "Home page" section, type "" in the text box.
  4. Click "OK."
America Online
  1. Make sure you are on our front page,
  2. Click the link below with your right mouse button and select "Copy URL to Clipboard".


    * If the "copy" option didn't appear, highlight the following address: Go to the "Members" drop down menu and select "Preferences".

  3. Click on the "WWW" icon.
  4. Click on the "Home Page" box at the bottom of the pop-up window and then suppress your "Control" and "V" keys (at the same time) and paste in the address. If the address does not appear in the box, simply type in what you tried to paste from above.
  5. Click the "OK" button.
Make Google Your Default Search Engine

Netscape Communicator

For Netscape 4.0-4.7, it is possible to search by entering '? "search terms"' in the URL box instead of a URL. You can set the search engine used in this case by directly editing the prefs file. This can be dangerous! See the Unofficial Netscape FAQ for more details.

Before starting, quit any copies of Netscape that may be running.

For Windows: To edit the prefs file, use Notepad to load ...\Netscape\Users\{username}\prefs.js. ("..." is probably the "Programs" folder.)

For Macintosh: To edit the prefs file, use SimpleText or equivalent to load ...:preferences:netscape f:netscape preferences. ("..." is your system folder.)

For UNIX: Edit the file .netscape/preferences.js in your home directory.
Once you've loaded the preferences file, add the following line to the end of the file:
  user_pref("", "");
Don't forget to hit <enter> at the end of the line!

It is also possible, but more difficult, to make Google the search engine used when you click on the "search" button. Add the following line to the preferences file:
  config("internal_url.net_search.url", "");

Unfortunately, Netscape does not save this preference between sessions, so you need to edit the preferences file anew each time you want to start Netscape. For UNIX, this process can be automated by adding a line like the following to your .cshrc:
      alias netscape 'echo config\(\"internal_url.net_search.url\",
                      \"\"\)\; >> 
                      $HOME/.netscape/preferences.js && \netscape'
Internet Explorer

Download this file to make Google the default search engine for Internet Explorer versions 4.0 and 5.0:

The "search" button will bring up a Google search box down the left side of your browser.

The "Search The Web" menu option from the "Go" menu will take you to Google. For IE4 only, you can type '? "search terms"' in the URL box instead of a URL, and it will perform the search.

When you click on the above link, IE will ask you whether to open or to save the file. Select "open" to immediately make the changes (i.e., to make Google your default search engine for the actions described above). Select "save," and then look at the file under Notepad, if you'd rather examine what the file does first. Be aware that you will probably have to reboot your system to make the change go into effect (even if your computer does not tell you so).

By default, Google will show results in the search channel window, leaving the main window for browsing. If you prefer seeing the search results in the main window, try this file instead.

If you change your mind, this file will set the search engine back to the original Internet Explorer default.

If you previously had your default search engine for Internet Explorer set to be Google, and you upgraded to Internet Explorer version 5.0 and now find that Google is no longer your default search engine, don't panic! Just download the conversion file again, and it will set things up for IE5.

Other Browser Tricks

Mozilla / Netscape 6 Search Options

We've created a separate page describing search options in Mozilla and Netscape 6. You can set Google to be the default search engine, set up search keywords, and put Google in the sidebar search panel. For Mozilla M17+ and Netscape 6 PR2+.

IE QuickSearch

If you've installed the QuickSearch utility for Internet Explorer, you can add Google to the list of search engines by adding a new entry (select New), setting up a shortcut gg, and a custom URL With that, you'll be able to perform a search by entering "gg keywords" in the address bar. For example, "gg lava lamps" will search Google for lava lamps.

Adding a Google My Netscape channel

You can add a Google search box to your My Netscape page. Thanks to Muness Al-Rubaie for contributing this functionality.

Sherlock Plug-ins for Google

Several people have developed Sherlock plug-ins for Google. (Sherlock is a search technology for Macintosh computers.) We have not tested any of them ourselves and cannot provide assurances as to warrantability or to suitability for a particular purpose or even to the fact that they work, but we provide them as a service to our users.

To install a plug-in, download and expand it. Then, with the System folder closed, drag the plug-in file onto the System folder. The System folder will ask if you want to put the file into "Internet Search Sites." Click OK.