How to Add “Search with Google” to MS Word

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MS Word is the most commonly used tool for editing documents. Even though people are moving to Open Source solutions and Cloud based document editing – MS Word is still not out of the race. Microsoft is trying hard to come up with new features to make it sustain the huge change that is to happen. MS Word like every other Microsoft App is integrated heavily with other Microsoft Applications. If you happen to come across a word in your Document and you have no clue as to what if means – You could quickly copy it and Google it or if you are a Microsoft enthusiast – “Bing It”. MS Word even gives you an direct option to that – when you select a word and right click – You get an option to “Search with Bing” . That is a Welcome feature but not all people prefer Bing. We all love Google don’t we – Not that Bing is bad – it all comes down to personal preference. So in case you are looking to change the default search provider to Google – You have landed on the right page. We will illustrate today – How to Add “Search with Google” to MS Word.


How to Add "Search with Google" to MS Word


Like every other Microsoft Application tweak that is possible – this would require a Registry Edit as well. So make sure you are alright with messing around Registry files – it really does no harm , but we always find chickens. So let us begin :

  1. The first thing you need to do is Fire Up Run. To do this either Open the Start Menu and Search for Run or just Hit Windows+R on your Keyboard.
  2. Now type in regedit in your Run and Hit Enter. This should open up the Registry Editor. If you have not been here before , it can be a little confusing to navigate – But you will quickly learn.
  3. Now browse to the specified location using the Navigation Bar on the Left – HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Common\General.
  4. Once you are in the desired location – Right Click anywhere and create two new strings and add these values to them –
    • SearchProviderName – Google
    • SearchProviderURI –
  5. Now we are done. Just head to MS Word and you will find that you have an option to search using Google. If you wish too revert to Bing all you have to do is Delete the two Strings that you just created.

That’s what you have to do to add Search with Google to MS Word documents. It’s pretty simple and anyone can do this. All it requires is a proper tutorial to follow. I’m sure you are satisfied with the above explanation. Furthermore, if you have any other queries or questions to be asked, feel free to let us know. For that, put your comment down into the below given comment section. We would like to interact with you regarding your queries and questions. Till then stay tuned with us and get more updates in the coming time.

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