How to Restore the Default AutoSearch Search Page

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IMPORTANT: This article contains information about editing the registry.Before you edit the registry, make sure you understand how to restore itif a problem occurs. For information about how to do this, view the"Restoring the Registry" Help topic in Regedit.exe or the "Restoring aRegistry Key" Help topic in Regedt32.exe.
This article describes how to restore the default AutoSearch search pageif it has been changed by the person or company that provided your customized version of Internet Explorer.
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With AutoSearch, you can conduct a search directly from the Address boxin Internet Explorer by typing "go," "find," or "?" (without quotationmarks), followed by the topic you want. A random search engine is used toperform your search.

ISPs can use the Microsoft Internet Explorer Administration Kit (IEAK) tochange the AutoSearch search page. If your ISP changes the AutoSearchsearch page, you may be unable to reliably conduct searches using theAddress box in Internet Explorer.WARNING: Using Registry Editor incorrectly can cause serious problems thatmay require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannotguarantee that problems resulting from the incorrect use of RegistryEditor can be solved. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.

For information about how to edit the registry, view the "Changing KeysAnd Values" Help topic in Registry Editor (Regedit.exe) or the "Add andDelete Information in the Registry" and "Edit Registry Data" Help topicsin Regedt32.exe. Note that you should back up the registry before you editit.

To change the AutoSearch search page back to the default search page,follow these steps:
  1. Quit Internet Explorer.
  2. Use Registry Editor to set the Default value to a data value of
    under the following registry key:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchUrl
  3. Quit Registry Editor, and then start Internet Explorer.
For additional information about how to conduct searches in InternetExplorer, click Contents And Index on the Help menu in Internet Explorer,click the Index tab, type autosearch, and thendouble-click the "AutoSearch" topic.
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