On this page of the Windows® Internet Explorer® Customization Wizard 8, you can add search providers and set a search provider default for the customized version of Internet Explorer 8.


For installations of Windows Vista®, in general, MSN Search will be listed as the default search provider. The MSN Search provider will not be added for a computer running Windows Vista in the following case: you have applied a configuration-only package that includes settings for one or more search provider, and the user has not yet opened Internet Explorer on that computer.

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Search Providers

This text box lists any search providers that have been added, and also indicates which search provider is the default.


Click this button to import the current list of search providers from the version of Internet Explorer on your computer.

Add or Edit

Click these buttons to add a new search provider or edit an existing search provider. On the Search Provider box, provide the following information: Display Name, URL, Favicon URL, Suggestions URL (XML), Suggestions URL (JSON), and Accelerator Preview URL.

  • Display Name

  • Type the text you want to appear for the search provider in the Search Options menu in Internet Explorer.

  • URL

  • Type the full URL for the search provider, including the http:// prefix.

  • Favicon URL

  • If you have an icon that you want to associate with the search provider, provide the URL here.

  • Suggestions URL (XML)

  • Provide search suggestions in XML format.

  • Suggestions URL (JSON)

  • Provide search suggestions in JavaScript Object Notation.

  • Accelerator Preview URL

  • Provide an Accelerator preview URL if appropriate for this search provider.

  • Display Search Suggestions for this provider

  • Select this check box to enable search suggestions for the search provider.

Set Default

To set a search provider as the default, select the provider under Search Providers, and then click the Set Default button.


To remove a search provider, select the provider under Search Providers, and then click the Remove button.


You cannot remove the Windows Live search provided by default in Windows Vista using this method.

Search Guide URL Customization

Select this check box if you plan to add the search providers to a custom Web page for your users, and then type the URL for the custom Web page in the text box.

Additional references

  • IEAK 8 offers improved and extended Search settings. You can include support for Search Suggestions and Favicons, as well as integrating with Accelerator preview URLs. These are optional in IEAK 8, so an .ins file from IEAK 7 will still work for customizing Search providers in IEAK 8.

  • For more information about this stage of the Internet Explorer Customization Wizard 8, see Customizing the Browser.