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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Make DuckDuckGo Your Default Search Engine in Chrome

Hello there! I recently read about a new search engine that has a lot of promise. That engine is duckduckgo.com. The features that set this search engine apart from the competition include privacy, instant answers, and less spam and clutter.

Privacy: DuckDuckGo does not collect or store your search data or browsing history. It also does not forward your search terms to unintended servers, and allows you to use an anonymous proxy called Tor for your connections.

Instant Answers: When you enter a search term, some information is provided instantly above the search results. This might be all the data you need, so there might not be a need to click other links to get what you want. It is highlighted in a box above the search results.

Less Spam and Clutter: DuckDuckGo blacklists sites that are merely there to present advertising. How many times have you clicked on a site only to be shown links to ads related to your search terms with nothing else useful?

The privacy features alone make this a worthy replacement for Google, Bing, or Yahoo! If you would like to add it to your Google Chrome web browser, you can install the Chrome Add On, or follow these simple instructions to make it your default search engine:

Go to Options -> Basics -> Search/Manage Search Engines. at the bottom of the page it allows you to add a custom search engine. In "Add New Search Engine" type in 'DuckDuckGo'. For "Keyword" enter 'duckduckgo.com'. For "URL with %s in place of query" enter 'https://duckduckgo.com/?q=%s'. Click outside the area, then click on your new entry and select "Make Default". You are now done and have DuckDuckGo as your default search engine.

There you have it. Give DuckDuckGo a try and see if it works for you.



  1. Thanks, I'm tired of Google Instant claiming it's off when it's not and I'm switching my search as a result. Sorry to have seen Scroogle go, though.

    1. You are welcome, Brian. Hope the information above was helpful.

  2. I came across duckduckgo as a result of scroogle dying. I have now set it as my default chrome browser. Thanks for the shortcuts.

    1. You are welcome. Glad the information was useful.

  3. I had to use duckduckgo to find this blog post. It was not a simple thing to add to the managed lists.

  4. Thank you for this very useful information - I have been trying to do this for a long time and then this morning thought 'why not search DuckDuckGo to see if there is an answer' - and voila!

  5. Thanks Benedict- it worked perfectly.

  6. Very helpful - thangs for the search string and short post:)

  7. I am glad this article has helped so many of you!


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