Microsoft Office 2013 is popular among official purposes and Office 365 is more popular among educational organizations. If you have used Microsoft Word 2013, you might have noticed that it has Bing search engine included in the software. This Bing search engine helps users to find out the definition of any unknown word. It also helps users to get more information about anything.
Just hit the “Search with Bing” button and everything will be opened on your screen right away. However, if you do not like to use Bing and want to switch to Google from the existing search engine, here are two small tutorials that will let you add Google search to Microsoft Word 2013. Although, I am going to show this tutorial with Word 2013 but you can do it with Excel 2013 as well.
Solution 1 : Add Google Search Engine to Microsoft Word 2013 Using Add-on
You know that Microsoft Office 2013 users can use add-ons in their package to get things done faster. Therefore, to add Google search to Microsoft Word 2013, you can also make use of an add-on. To install the add-on do follow the subsequent steps.
At first, open Microsoft Word and sign-in with your Microsoft account (If you haven’t done it earlier). After that, go to “Insert” tab, click on “Apps for Office” and “See All” respectively.
Then, make a search for “Search the Web”. From the result, just click on the corresponding add-on link and click on “Trust It”.
It will be added in your Microsoft Word 2013 right away. However, it depends on your data connection. After installing, you can find an additional pane on your right hand side. It looks something like the following picture;
Now, you can search for anything with Google into Microsoft Office 2013. Just type it in the empty search box and hit enter.
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Solution 2 : Add Google Search to MS Word 2013 with Registry Tweak
This is better than installing any third party add-on. Now, you do not have to install any other software. You can add Google search to MS Word with a simple registry hack.
At first, open your Registry editor. To do so, just press
Win + R, type “regedit” and hit enter. Then, confirm it from the popup window. After that, navigate to the following area in your Registry Editor,
Thereafter, right click on the empty place on the right side and create a new String Value.
Enter the following String Value and Value Data.
String Value: SearchProviderName Value Data: Google String Value: SerachProviderURI Value Data: http://www.google.com/search?q=
You have to rename the entry in order to add String Value. On the other hand, double click on the entry to add Value Data.
That’s all! Now, open your Microsoft Word 2013 to get the effect. You will find Search with Google instead of Search with Bing.
Admit it or not, but Google is the largest search engine out there. Although, there are more other search engines such as Bing, Yahoo, DuckDuckGo etc. but a vast majority of people always prefer Google over anything else. Recently, Mozilla Firefox has ditched Google for Yahoo but still there are a lot of people who have changed their search engine in the updated Firefox.
However, Google actually doesn’t require any introduction. But, its main competitor is Bing, which is being managed by Microsoft, the software development giant. Most of the people, who use Windows or MAC for official purposes, use Microsoft Office. Currently, two versions are running on most of the Windows and MAC PCs. Those are Microsoft Office 2013 and Office 365. Both require subscription to use.
If you really love Google, this should be the perfect solution to replace Bing with Google. On the other hand, the second solution is better because there is no need to use any third party software or so-called add-on.