How to Add the Google Toolbar to Internet Explorer

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How to Add the Google Toolbar to Internet Explorer
Add Google's toolbar to Internet Explorer 6 or higher. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

Internet Explorer comes with the Bing toolbar for Web searches. However, many people prefer Google's search engine, which is the most popular. Google provides a free download of its toolbar, available for top Web browsers, including Internet Explorer 6 and newer. Download the toolbar's installation software and run the program to automatically add Google's toolbar to Internet Explorer.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Open Internet Explorer.

  2. 2

    Go to the Google toolbar download page (see Resources).

  3. 3

    Click the grey "Install Google Toolbar" button on the right side of the page. The terms and conditions appear.

  4. 4

    Read the terms and conditions and click "Agree and Install" at the bottom of the page. An installation prompt appears.

  5. 5

    Click "Run."

  6. 6

    Click "Allow" or "Yes," depending on your operating system, to let the Google toolbar's installation software make changes to Internet Explorer. The toolbar installs to Internet Explorer.

  7. 7

    Restart Internet Explorer.

Tips and warnings

  • You must have Service Pack 2 installed on Windows XP in order to install the Google toolbar (see Resources).
  • Check your Internet Explorer's version to ensure it is 6 or higher. Click "Help" and click "About Internet Explorer."

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