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Set default search engine

Change the default search engine for your tenant following the steps below. 

Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer 11

-  Configure the local machine that will be used to set the GPO.

Paste the following text into a reg(*.reg) file.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes]

"DefaultScope"="{D54CD0C8-C007-4BC4-B2DD-1E4896B8406D}"

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{D54CD0C8-C007-4BC4-B2DD-1E4896B8406D}]

"Codepage"=dword:0000fde9

"DisplayName"="Bing for business"

"OSDFileURL"="

https://www.bing.com/sa/osd/bfb.xml" "FaviconURL"="https://www.bing.com/sa/simg/bb.ico" "SuggestionsURL_JSON"="https://business.bing.com/api/v2/browser/suggest?q={searchTerms}&form=BFBSPA" "ShowSearchSuggestions"=dword:00000001 "URL"="https://www.bing.com/business/search?q={searchTerms}&form=BFBSPR"

Double click the file thus created and follow the steps to import the file. Successful import should result in the following dialog:

IE11 success dialog

- Open the Group Policy Management Console (gpmc.msc) and switch to editing any existing policy (or creating a new one).

  1. Navigate to User Configuration\Policies\Preferences\Windows Settings

  2. Right click on Registry\New and Select Registry Wizard. From the Registry Browser Window, select Local Computer and click on Next.

  3. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes

  4. From this key, make sure to select the DefaultScope name IE11 GPMC DefaultScope name

  5. Next, check all sub keys containing the GUID for Bing for business and every value under the key except any path to user profiles. Also, remember to scroll down to select other items. IE11 GPCM search scope 2

  6. Click on finish to complete this configuration.

- Setup User Preferences to help eliminate a warning the user may get when DefaultScope search is enforced. This warning is by design and alerts users of a program trying to modify their settings.

  1. Withing the same GPO, right click on Registry\New and select Registry Wizard

  2. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\User Preferences

  3. Check the User Preference key and click Finish.

  4. Click on the newly created object, double click on the User Preferences object on the right-side pane and change the Action to Delete and save it.

- Enforce the resultant GPO by linking it to the appropriate domain.

Note: Users will be able to change the search provider after this policy is set.

Microsoft Edge

Windows 10, Version 1703 or later

The latest ADMX files for different versions of windows can be found here.

If the setting described in this section cannot be found inside of GPMC, please download the appropriate ADMX and copy them to the central store. Central store on the controller is nothing but a folder which follows the following naming convention:

%systemroot% \sysvol\<domain>\policies\PolicyDefinitions

Each domain that your controller handles should get a separate folder. Following command can be used to copy the ADMX file from command prompt:

Copy <path_to_ADMX.ADMX> %systemroot% \sysvol\<domain>\policies\PolicyDefinitions

  1. Open the Group Policy Management Console (gpmc.msc) and switch to editing any existing policy (or creating a new one).

  2. Navigate to <Computer/User> Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Microsoft Edge

    1. Double click Set default search engine, set to Enabled, enter https://www.bing.com/sa/osd/bfb.xml

  3. Enforce the resultant GPO by linking it to the appropriate domain.

Note: Users will be able to change the search provider after this policy is set.

Google Chrome

Windows XP SP2 or later

Chrome comes with its own set of group policy settings which can be downloaded in the form of an ADMX file from here. If operating systems Windows Vista/Server 2008 or above are used to manage GPO’s for the domain, ADMX file provided in this package can take care of chrome settings on Windows XP SP2 or later.

Copy the template file to a central store for ADMX files on the domain controller. Central store on the controller is nothing but a folder which follows the following naming convention:

%systemroot% \sysvol\<domain>\policies\PolicyDefinitions

Each domain that your controller handles should get a separate folder. Following command can be used to copy the ADMX file from command prompt:

Copy <path_to_Chrome.ADMX> %systemroot% \sysvol\<domain>\policies\PolicyDefinitions

  1. Open the Group Policy Management Console (gpmc.msc) and switch to editing any existing policy (or creating a new one).

  2. Note: Make sure that the following folders appear in Administrative Templates section of both User/Computer Configuration: Google Chrome and Google Chrome – Default Settings (users can override). The difference between these subsections is that the settings of the latter section of policies can be changed by users in the browser settings on their computers. The settings of the first section are fixed and even the local administrator won’t be able to change them in the browser.

  3. Navigate to <Computer/User> Configuration\Administrative Templates\Google Chrome\Default search provider

    1. Double click Enable the default search provider, set to Enabled.

    2. Double click Default search provider icon, set to Enabled, enter https://www.bing.com/sa/simg/bb.ico

    3. Double click Default search provider instant URL, enter https://www.bing.com/business/search?q={searchTerms}&form=BFBSPR

    4. Double click Default search provider name, set to Enabled, enter “Bing for business”

    5. Double click Default search provider search URL, set to Enabled, enter https://www.bing.com/business/search?q={searchTerms}&form=BFBSPR

    6. Double click Default search provider suggest URL, set to Enabled, enter https://business.bing.com/api/v2/browser/suggest?q={searchTerms}&form=BFBSPA

  4. Enforce the resultant GPO by linking it to the appropriate domain.

Note: Users won’t be able to change the search provider after this policy is set.

Setting the default search engine will add the Bing for business as-you-type suggestions feature in the browser address bar. Currently, this supports bookmarks only. Users will see top 2 bookmark suggestions above public web suggestions as they type in the Chrome address bar. 

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