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About this update

This article describes the feature enhancements that are provided in this update for Internet Explorer 11. After you install this update, the following feature is added:

  • When you open a new tab page in Internet Explorer 11, the page includes a search box. This new feature has the same search functionality as the address bar and is intended to help you perform searches more quickly.


    • This feature is added only if your default search provider supports it. If your default search provider does not support this feature, you can try to update your search provider configuration by going to the following Internet Explorer website:

      Internet Explorer Gallery

    • This feature is enabled only if the search functionality of the address bar is also enabled.

Update information

To enable this update, install the most recent cumulative security update for Internet Explorer. To do this, go to Microsoft Update. Additionally, see the technical information about the most recent cumulative security update for Internet Explorer.

Note This update was first included in security update MS14-056: Cumulative security update for Internet Explorer: October 14, 2014.


Learn about the terminology that Microsoft uses to describe software updates.

For more information about how search providers can enable support for the new search box feature, see the following MSDN article:

Search box on Internet Explorer 11 New Tab Page

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