How to change the search engine in Microsoft Office 2013
MS Office 2013 includes a feature that allows you to search the Internet for one or more selected words in a document (very useful when the text come across some unknown to you the term). And because Office is a Microsoft product, obviously, as a search engine defaults to Bing. As to using Bing I used very rarely, I started looking for a way to replace it with another search engine (Google or Yandex, for example). Search did not last long, but as it turned out, to change the search engine in Office 2013 is not easy. However, follow my guide and you must succeed.
To implement our goal, we will resort to the help of the registry.
Important: changing registry entries is not always safe and it can lead to serious problems if you do something wrong. Follow the instructions very carefully. And remember, you do everything at your own risk.
All steps in the manual must be done only once. Changes will be reflected in all office tools (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc.).
Step 1: Open the Run dialog (you can press the key combination Win + R), type regedit, and press Enter.
Step 2: In registry editor using the left pane navigate to the section listed below:
Step 3: Click on the General folder. Now in the right window pane in a blank area, click the right mouse button, in context menu choose «Create» and choose «String value».
Step 4: Set the DWORD name SearchProviderName. Then click the right mouse button and choose «Edit».
Step 5: Next, you need to enter a value. You can type all you want. I called it «Yandex» since going to replace Bing on the search engine.
Step 6: Repeat steps three to five, but this time the parameter should be named SearchProviderURIand its value must specify the address of the search engine.
Listed below are the address for Google, Yandex and Mail.ru:
Step 7: Close the registry editor and open one of the applications from the Microsoft Office package, Word for example. Highlight a word or a few, click with the right mouse button and note the changed search service.
Now click the «Search with…» and make sure that the redirection happens on the correct domain. If not, maybe you missed something. Go through the steps again.
Despite the fact that Bing is gradually getting better, I still prefer to use Yandex or Google. I’m sure many of you also bypass the Bing side, so I hope that this guide is useful to you.