Bing and your browser

Hey folks! Last week we brought you Bing, the world’s first decision engine, to help you make important decisions faster. To that end, we’d like to show you how to set Bing as your search default on Internet Explorer and Firefox browsers, and to highlight how Bing can be tightly integrated into these browsers.

 

 

Internet Explorer 8

 

If you have already installed IE8, you can add Bing from the add-ons Gallery by clicking here. When you click the button Add to Internet Explorer, you will get the following pop-up:

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Select Make this my default search provider to set Bing as your IE search default, then click Add and you are all set to use Bing as your default search engine!

 

If you are installing IE8 for the first time, you have a couple of options:

(a) If Live Search is already your default search engine, you will be upgraded automatically to Bing.
(b) If Live Search wasn’t your default setting, click Choose custom settings, then select Bing as your default search engine.

 

Bing integrates with IE8’s latest features, including accelerators, web slices, and visual suggestions. For example, start typing a query in the IE8 search box and Bing will return rich auto-suggestions — including Instant Answers — such as Weather or Flight Status information, as shown below.

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To find all Bing features for IE8, including our Weather, Finance, and Traffic web slices, and Translate, Map, Shop and Save accelerators, just click here.

 

 

 

Internet Explorer 7

 

If you are using IE7, click Find More Providers on the drop-down under the search box, then select Bing from the search guide page. You will get the following dialog:

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Set Bing as your default search provider by checking the Make this my default search provider box.

 

 

Mozilla Firefox

 

Due to popular demand we created a Live Search provider for Firefox. With the launch of Bing, we have upgraded our provider. You can install it here. When you click Add to Firefox and then accept the End User License Agreement, you will see the dialog shown below. Select Start using it right away.

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When you use Bing with Firefox, you also get auto-suggestions right in the search box.

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A few other ways to add Bing to your IE or Firefox browser

 

If you check out our cool home page from a Firefox browser and you do not have Bing as a search provider, just click Add Bing to your browser at the top right of the page and follow the instructions.

 

Both IE8 and Firefox support search provider auto-discovery. This means that if you do not have Bing
as a search provider and you are visiting MSN.com, you will see the IE8 Search Box arrow gleam clip_image016. Click on the arrow and select Add Search Provider from the drop-down. Then follow the steps in the IE8 section.

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Bing is also available on Chrome, but…

 

There’s a bit of additional work that you have to do to set Bing as your default search engine with Chrome.

 

Click on clip_image020 on the top right of the Chrome browser, select Options, and from the Basics tab, click Manage. The Search Engines window will appear, which lists all your search default options. Now click the Add button and fill in the Add Search Engine window exactly as shown in this screenshot (Name: Bing; Keyword: bing.com; URL: http://www.bing.com/search?q=%s)

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Click Ok. You’ll go back to the Search Engines window. Select Bing and click Make Default. Click Close to exit and start using Bing on Chrome. (By the way: currently Chrome does not offer query autosuggest from other search providers, so you cannot use this Bing feature in Chrome.)

 

 

Now you know how to set Bing as your default search provider for IE, Firefox, and Chrome. And if installing the Bing toolbar seems like too much work, you can always set Bing as your default home page.

 

 

We are excited about how Bing will help you, and we’re always interested to hear what you think.

 

 

Debapriya Ray, Beatrice Oltean, Alessandro Catorcini, Bill Pardi, Bing

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51 comments
  1. Anonymous

    i really like "bing",

    bing thx

  2. Anonymous

    Why not just have a "add search plugin" on the home page for BING ??    

    Like the TWITTER page – http://search.twitter.com/    (bottom right)     Works in IE and FF…

  3. Anonymous

    @grumpywookie

    they do.

  4. gaurav

    What to DO for SAFARI Browser ?

  5. wb4bbc

    Thanks for the info, Really like Bing

  6. Anonymous

    Bing works with IE7 and IE8.

  7. Anonymous

    What about Safari? Really wish there was a plugin!

  8. ccssmikael

    i really love bing. i wish there should be email accounts ending in @bing.com or @bing.com.(country domain). safari , i  think is not supported. with its new iteration, the user interface looks more like google chrome. i hate it. but i think they like to imitate chrome since schmidt comes from both apple and google as well. haha!

  9. Anonymous

    Bing has heaps of great features!

    Why not add a news page instead of clicking on 'news' and having to search for stuff?!

  10. ccssmikael

    I really really love bing. is there any advertisements to be aired in the philippines? philippines is a very good market for microsoft products and i guess they will greatly like this.

  11. ccssmikael

    I really really love bing. is there any advertisements to be aired in the philippines? philippines is a very good market for microsoft products and i guess they will greatly like this. it can increase the consumer awareness of how great microsoft technologies are.

  12. ccssmikael

    I really really love bing. is there any advertisements

    to be aired in the philippines? philippines is a very

    good market for microsoft products and i guess they will

    greatly like this. it can increase the consumer

    awareness of how great microsoft technologies are.

  13. wallace0530

    i like bing. it will become my browser.

  14. alokkumarsingh007

    Thanks for the info, Really like Bing

  15. Anonymous

    And if you have IE6, Bing sets itself as default automatically :.)

  16. Anonymous

    Bing Bing Bing Bing Bing Baaam Baaam! Frog ;)

  17. Anonymous

    I am really annoyed you can't make Bing default search engine in Safari. We need a Safari plugin for Bing.

  18. Anonymous

    BING sucks!  No differnt in searching than any other engine.

  19. Anonymous

    My LIVE acct disappeared?

  20. Anonymous

    Before I used "google" but since the day I found out about "bing" I swicht over to bing is more practical and easier to search leading to better results.

  21. dreamcorvette123

    Before I used "google" but since the day I found out about "bing" I swicht over to bing is more practical and easier to search leading to better results.

  22. Anonymous

    I love the wonderful photos!!!

  23. jackin

    It's really great info! Bing is really great.

  24. lodngo

    Bing barley has any information, You cant add listings without paying for them whats the point? Congrats to Microsoft for nothing new; Google will always be my search Engine.

  25. Anonymous

    Bing rocks! No more ugly triple click goo!

  26. Quality Directory

    I use Bing on IE and Firefox and it gives better results than Live Search. Good improvement!

  27. 123

    bing bing => boing boing => going going => going gone => and it's getting better all the time!

  28. Anonymous

    Bing is doing good.

  29. Anonymous

    How about Safari browser?

  30. Anonymous

    And Safari?

  31. Anonymous

    as usual, nothing listed for the Safari browser.

    Looks cool but the Mac users dont get love.

    Come on Microsoft….we exist…grow up.

  32. Anonymous

    only safari does not allow us to make bing the default search…isnt that hampering competition or whatever??

  33. Anonymous

    The new site is good for search results, not just a new look. They should have a setup for safari.

  34. Anonymous

    It installed it on IE7 and it became non responsive.  I can't fix it because I can't even get tools to respond.  I tried system restore but as always I got the "an unknown error occurred" your settings were not restored.  I have a clone of my computer using Acronis so I am doing that right now.  This is the 2nd browser problem from Microsoft in the last month.  IE8 caused my Vista side bar to load wrong and the font was far too small to live with (both those problems happened on ALL 3 of my Vista computers.)  Only my XP runs IE8 successfully.  I wish Microsoft would test – they keep screwing me over with their new upgrades.  I came to this page hoping to find help…

  35. wayne-interessierts

    Sorry for this but, LOL? Bing maybe works perfect for all browsers, except for, yes!, the first one in the list.

    Why? someone here stay "log in" for longer than some hours?

    About this search from the addon gallery, this is very ugly too. First, it contain two times a language tag, the result is that nobody outside US get a previe. Second, what language, from the browser or from bing?

  36. NextBingThing

    I've just done this! I took it for granted that Bing WAS my default engine, but the buttons proved me wrong. Never mind. All set, now;-) I love Bing!

  37. Anonymous

    I agree with you, bing is getting better.

  38. Anonymous

    In Opera browser, the way to add Bing to the search engine feature of that browser (done on the URL locator space), simply go to Bing home page, right click in the search space and choose, "add search engine".   It will add the search engine and the appropriate string to do the search from the URL locator space (anytime, don't have to be on Bing)

  39. Anonymous

    Bing! I'm loving it.

  40. Anonymous

    what i want is to get rid of my google toolbar in firefox and replace it with a bing toolbar with localised search, news, image search, etc.

  41. Anonymous

    i want to replace my default toolbar with bing.  how do i do that on safari?

  42. Anonymous

    I really really love bing.i use it very day.

  43. Anonymous

    help! i use safari browser for window and i need add BING to my default search engine. how to do it?

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