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After opening a new tab in Internet Explorer,...

by zlzpqx / May 17, 2015 5:59 AM PDT

The following strange phenomenon popped up today on my computer:

After opening a new tab in Internet Explorer, my home page link has started to appear in the search window.

I can of course overwrite it with whatever search words, but the above slightly annoying phenomenon should not happen. How do I get rid of it?


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Why not RESET IE.
by Dafydd Forum moderator / May 17, 2015 6:05 AM PDT


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Found the solution, but a new question!
by zlzpqx / May 17, 2015 6:59 AM PDT

I found the place to select the option of seeing only a blank search window rather than my home page on obtaining a new tab. The next question is, is it that Internet Explorer does not provide Google as one of the options among search engines? I saw available options such as Bing, Yahoo, and, but not Google.

(I mostly use Firefox, and only rarely IE. Hence my above elementary question regarding IE!)


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For IE there are many articles about adding search engines.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 17, 2015 7:05 AM PDT
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Thanks, Bob; FYI see below my reply to Kees.
by zlzpqx / May 17, 2015 8:47 AM PDT

Thanks, Bob; FYI see below my reply to Kees.

Chuck J

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Re: Google
by Kees_B Forum moderator / May 17, 2015 7:24 AM PDT

This is the reg file I used to put google as a search engine in IE. If I remember well (hut I might remember wrong, and Microsoft might have changed since I did it) IE doesn't put in the line activating "ShowSearchSuggestions", so - once I found out about that - I had to add it manually to an old PC. Then, with everything working as I wanted, I made this reg file for my current PC.
So if the standard way doesn't show search suggestions, just add it with regedit!

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{646EEC13-39A4-44D8-93BC-23F56A3CA47D}]
"FaviconPath"="C:\\Users\\myusername\\AppData\\LocalLow\\Microsoft\\Internet Explorer\\Services\\search_{646EEC13-39A4-44D8-93BC-23F56A3CA47D}.ico"


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The link provided by Bob readily worked!
by zlzpqx / May 17, 2015 8:44 AM PDT
In reply to: Re: Google

Hello, Kees.

The link provided by Bob readily worked for adding Google as one of the search engine options in IE. It took me next a few minutes to find a way to make Google as my default search engine, for that part was not at once obvious.

I thank both you and Bob for the help.

Chuck J

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