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How to I change my default search and homepage in IE?

You may have had the option to change your homepage and default search while installing the Ominent Search Bar. Changing browser settings during a software install will ALWAYS be optional with the Ominent Search Bar.

Here are instructions for changing these settings manually in Internet Explorer.

To change your homepage:

For IE9: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Change-your-Internet-Explorer-9-home-page

For earlier versions of IE: First, go to the URL of the page you want to be your home page. Here are some common homepages: Google, Comcast, MSN, Yahoo!, AOL. If you would like one of those to be your homepage, click on the link. While you are on the page that you’d like to be your homepage, follow these instructions.

1. Click on the down arrow next to Tools in the upper right hand corner of your browser.

2. Click on “Internet Options”. This will bring up a pop-up.

3. Click on the “General” Tab.

4. The very top section says “Home page” and is for changing your homepage.

5. Delete http://Ominent.com from that area.

6. Click on “Use current” to set the URL you are on as your homepage.

7. Click on “OK” on the bottom of the pop-up. This should close the pop-up.

8. Close your browser.

9. Re-open your browser.

To change your default search engine:

For IE9: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Search-with-the-Internet-Explorer-9-Address-bar

For earlier versions of IE:

1. Click on the down arrow next to the magnifying glass icon in the default search box in the upper right hand corner of your browser.

2. Click on “Find More Providers”

3. You’ll be in a page called the “Internet Explorer Gallery” that lists search engines you can choose to add to your IE. Scroll down and click on “Google Search”.

4. Click on the button that says “Add to Internet Explorer”

5. This will bring up a pop-up asking if you want to add “Google” as a search provider. Check the box that says “Make this my default search provider” and click on “Add”.

6. Google should now be showing as your default search provider in the search box.

How to I change my default search and homepage in Firefox?

You may have had the option to change your homepage and default search while installing the Ominent Search Bar. Changing browser settings during a software install will ALWAYS be optional with the Ominent Search Bar.

Here are instructions for changing these settings manually in Firefox.

To change your homepage:

First, go to the URL of the page you want to be your home page. Here are some common homepages: Google,Comcast, MSN, Yahoo!, AOL. If you would like one of those to be your homepage, click on the link. While you are on the page that you’d like to be your homepage, follow these instructions, depending on if you are on a Mac or PC.

  • Go to Tools -> Options.
  • Click on the “General” tab.
  • Click on “Use Current Page” to set your home page to the page you are currently on.
  • If there is still a problem, try clicking on “Use Default” instead to re-set your homepage to its default setting.

To change your default search engine:

  • Click on the arrow to the left of the query box.
  • Click on your preferred search engine from the list displayed.

To change your address bar search:

  • Type about:config in the address bar and click “Enter”.
  • This brings up a warning. Click on “I’ll be careful, I promise!”
  • Type “keyword” in the Search: section and hit enter.
  • Double-click on the Preference Name keyword.URL.
  • This will bring up a pop-up. Enter the value of the search engine you would like to use. For Google, enter this exact text in the text field: http://www.google.com/search?q=
  • Click OK and close and re-open your browser. This should fix your address bar search.

To change the search box on your about:home page:

  • In the Firefox address bar, type about:config and hit enter.
  • You should see a warning on your screen. Click on “I’ll be careful, I promise!” to continue. You should now see a long list of rows and columns on the page. Each row is a Firefox setting.
  • These values must be changed in this order:
    • Change browser.search.defaultenginename to “Google”, or simply right-click on the Value column and choose Reset.
    • Delete the value stored in browser.startup.homepage_override.buildID, or simply right-click on the Value column and choose Reset
  • The search box on your about:home page should no longer search Ominent.

How to I change my default search and homepage in Google Chrome?

You may have had the option to change your homepage and default search while installing the Ominent Search Bar. Changing browser settings during a software install will ALWAYS be optional with the Ominent Search Bar.

(For help on uninstalling the search bar, please click here.)

Here are instructions for changing these settings manually in Google Chrome.

Here are instructions for changing these settings manually.

To change your startup page (homepage):

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1. Click on the wrench icon to the right of the address bar. This should be the wrench for Chrome and not for any toolbar. (Some versions of Chrome will have three horizontal bars instead of a wrench. Click on that if you see that instead of the wrench.)

2. A pop-up will appear. Scroll down and click on “Options” or “Settings.”

3. Click on the “Settings” tab on the left hand side.

4. The section marked “On startup” determines what page is shown when you open your browser. Make sure the radio button is checked for “Open a specific page or set of pages:” and click on “set pages.” (if you want New Tab page or to open your last session instead, click one of those radio buttons and skip to step 6)

5. Click on the X mark to the right of http://Ominent.com to delete that. Then enter the URL of the homepage you’d like to use in the “Add a new page” section. Some common homepages are Google: http://www.google.com, Comcast: http://xfinity.comcast.net/, MSN: http://www.msn.com/, Yahoo!: http://www.yahoo.com/, AOL: http://www.aol.com. Hit “OK” to close the pop-up.

6. Close your browser.

7. Re-open your browser.

To change your default search engine:

1. Click on the wrench in the right hand side. This should be the wrench for Chrome and not any toolbar.

2. Click on “Options” or “Settings.” Make sure you are in the “Settings” tab.

3. In the Search part of the page, choose the search engine from the drop down that you would like to use.

4. Searching in the address bar should use the search engine you chose now.

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