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Remove older crippled Google Search Provider from IE9 RC

Just installed Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) Release Candidate (RC), found the link at:

http://www.zdnet.com/blog/hardware/internet-explorer-9-rc-available-for-download/11349

Was amazed by it’s performance and clean GUI (especially the choice to move the yellow warning bar to the bottom and make it of smaller width than the browser window in order to be more noticeable). Do visit http://www.beautyoftheweb.com to explore IE9’s potential (and try the billiard game at http://agent8ball.com to see the graphics hardware acceleration).

However, when typing at the address bar (now combined with the search bar since new users were mixing them up and typed URLs at the search bar with unexpected outcome) the suggestions dropdown was showing two Google icons and one Bing.

Then I also noticed that one of the Google icons (the one that was already selected), didn’t allow me to turn on suggestions (send keystrokes to search engine as you type for dynamic search/suggestions).

The suggestions dropdown window just had an “Add” button that takes you to a page with more search providers to add, but no button to allow you to edit those search providers. So I right clicked the empty area at the right side of the address bar and selected to show the “Command bar” (means menu bar).

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Then at menu “Tools”, I selected “Manage Add-ons”

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There as you can see at the screenshot above (grabbed with ALT+PRINTSCREEN button combination and pasted into Windows Live Writer), the item selected says “Top Result Search” and has “Not Available” and also the “Top Result search address” field says the same. Also noticed in was using “google.gr” whereas the other google icon was using “google.com” and had all search address fields filled-in.

So I reckoned I should remove that problematic entry.

A thing I don’t get is those UIs that don’t allow you to press Remove button at a Default choice and force you to first set another one as default, then they enable the remove button. Totally non-intuitive for new users of computers. They should instead prompt you to select other default after you press Remove on the current Default one. If you must always have one entry there they should just disable remove when list item count is just one.

To keep it short, I clicked Bing as the Default search engine by selecting it and pressing “Set as Default”, then clicked the problematic Google search entry and selected “Remove” (the remove button was now available since it wasn’t the default search anymore).

The clicked “Close” and all was fine with search suggestions for both Bing and Google, plus got rid of that 2nd Google icon at the search suggestions drop-down window.

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  1. 2011/05/05 at 10:46

    Seems the issue of multiple Google search providers still occurs at released version of IE9

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