How to Set a New Default Search Engine in Safari on Your Mac

Posted in How To, Mac on 26/06/2017 by Chris Hauk

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While Google and Bing do a great job of delivering great search results on your Mac, they also track every search query you make, so they can target you with the advertising you see around the web. What if you want to change your default search engine to one that doesn’t track you?

In this “how to,” I’ll show you how to easily change your default search engine from any of the big guys to one that respects your privacy a bit more. In this article we’ll change the default search engine to “DuckDuckGo,” but you can change it to any search engine you’d like by following the same steps.

How to Set a New Default Search Engine in Safari on Your Mac

1.) Launch the Safari browser on your Mac.

2.) Click the “Safari” menu, and click on “Preferences…”

How to Set a New Default Search Engine in Safari on Your Mac

3.) Click the “Search” tab.

How to Set a New Default Search Engine in Safari on Your Mac

4.) Click the pull-down menu next to “Search Engine:” and select your browser of choice: Google, Yahoo, Bing, or DuckDuckGo. (DuckDuckGo is the only one of the four that won’t track your search activities.)

5.) Close the Settings window.

You can also change your search engine of choice in Safari by clicking the magnifying glass icon in the address bar, you can then click the name of the search engine you wish to use.

How to Set a New Default Search Engine in Safari on Your Mac

For more tips and tricks that can help you make better use of your Mac, iOS device, Apple Watch, or Apple TV, be sure to visit the “How To” section of our website.


Author

Chris Hauk

MacTrast Senior Editor, and self-described “magnificent bastard,” Chris Hauk owns Phoenix Rising Services and writes for everyone’s favorite “bad movie” website, Big Bad Drive-In.

His first Apple product was an iPod Classic 9 years ago, and he has since added a MacBook Pro, a number of iPads, iPhones, and multiple Apple TVs to his collection.

He lives somewhere in the deep Southern part of America. Yes, he has to pump in both sunshine and the Internet.