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Internet Explorer – Google Verbatim search   2 comments

First, I don’t use Internet Explorer except in special cases (machines where I can’t/don’t want to install Firefox) and then I am very careful what sites I visit – and I make sure all extensions/plugins are disabled (especially that horrid Flash).
But sometimes I do use it, and here’s something I worked out for those times. Maybe it will help you if you decide to use IE. Which isn’t the best idea, you realize. Anyhow…

Google made their standard search more idiot-proof. This sucks because non-idiots can’t use advanced search tools anymore. While you can go to a new Verbatim search tool (left side panel of Google Search), it’s a pain to do every time. Internet Explorer’s search box uses this standard search.  Microsoft has crappy search providers on their “IE Gallery” website, so that was no help. BTW Firefox has excellent ones available at MyCroft.. Including a Google Australia Verbatim search provider.
So, it was time to set Verbatim as default – now to work out how.
It was pretty easy actually. Here’s how I did it.

You set it up by regedit’ing it into your search provider. The location and method described is valid for IE8 at least, not sure about IE9.

Open regedit, browse to this key:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes

In the list of keys under that, find the Google entry (DisplayName=”Google”).
Edit (double-click) the URL value and put this at the end of the line:

&tbs=li:1&tbo=1&gbv=1

Close IE and re-open it to load the new setting. Shiny! Now the Google search will default to Verbatim.

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Posted March 15, 2012 by benryanau in ICT