18 replies on 4 ways to change Opera's default search engine to Bing, DuckDuckGo, and others

  1. Jems Ford says:

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  2. John Anderson says:

    I wanted to change my browser to duck duck go. Thanks for helping me out. Keep up the good word. Best of luck.

  3. BlackRainbow says:

    Now that’s a shame this doesn’t work with custom search engines anymore. I just want to use Ecosia again.

  4. Stephen Ray Williams says:

    So, how might I switch between different search engines?
    (Other than changing Opera’s settings)
    Firefox has a quick and convenient pull down menu in the search box.

  5. Melanie says:

    Really nice, user-friendly article. I was just wondering, do you know of a way to remove the listed search engines, or to change the letter assigned to them to something less accident-prone? I forget about them, and every time I look up Z Nation (one of my favourite programmes, probably look it up once or twice a year), it takes me ages to figure out how the heck I ended up on Amazon, and how to search on Google instead. I’d really like the default to STAY as the default I’ve selected, not randomly shoot me off somewhere else.

  6. Peter says:

    I can change the default search engine and start page to Duck Duck, everytime I restart Duck Duck comes up, that what I want.

    But every time I open a new tab its Googe that comes up and Google won’t play ( I am running Opera VPN)

    I get

    “About this page

    Our systems have detected unusual traffic from your computer network. This page checks to see if it’s really you sending the requests, and not a robot.

    Why did this happen?

    IP address: 2001:67c:2660:425:b::114
    Time: 2018-12-23T01:39:41Z
    URL: https://www.google.co.uk/search?client=opera&q=tea&sourceid=opera&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8

    I do the bot Capture stuff but can’t proceed any further.


  7. ryan says:

    i did everything correct. it will not change the google to duckduckgo. i will be deleting opera if this doe snot get fix

  8. onewabash says:

    I wanted to make duck duck go my primary search engine in Opera. I followed all the steps shown. In my settings, duckduckgo is noted as the primary search engine, yet google remains my primary. Any suggestions?? (Google new motto “be evil” and I want nothing to do with them.)

    • Anonymous says:

      You mean the Google search box in the middle remains? Unfortunately that always remains, no matter what you do. Search using the address bar on the top, and you see that DuckDuckGo is used.

  9. Roland says:

    Sorry, this is simply not true!
    I cannot make a custom search engine default.

  10. rami says:

    ecosia please

  11. Rob says:

    I changed the default search engine to Bing as Google is getting too heavy handed about steering you towards their ads and prefered sites. However its ignoring my Settings and still going to Google dispite being set to Bing.

  12. deschutesmaple says:

    I’m using Opera Version:73.0.3856.284
    Contrary to the advice given here, you can add other browsers but you CANNOT make them a default browser. So, Opera forces you to only choose from Google, Duckduckgo (actually a bad search engine in terms of quality of results), Yahoo (also sucks), Wikipedia (!?), and crappy Bing. If they want to force us to use the monopoly search engines they should just delete the ‘add other search engine field’ altogether. What a bummer 🙁

  13. Psygonn says:

    Hey friends, I figured I’d explain some of the less intuitive things going on here with the Opera settings.

    On the Start page there is a google search box, whether google is your default search engine or not. Unfortunately, as far as I know (perhaps there’s an addon or something out there), there’s no way to change this to another search engine. One can, however, disable this search box in advanced settings, it’s the first option under ‘start page’ and it’s ‘Hide search box’ and must be enabled to make the search box go away.
    ‘Intuitive’ might not have been in their vocabulary.

    It seems like a few people above were having an issue changing the default search engine, but I suspect that it was actually the google-search-box-on-the-start-page-that-won’t-change-even-if-you-change-the-default-search-engine that they were seeing.

    Under VPN, there’s an option called ‘Bypass VPN for default search engines’. Unless that is disabled, the VPN will always be off on google search pages and the like. ‘Peter’ above was having an issue with google and the Opera VPN, enabling this option might solve that.
    Remember, enable the VPN in advanced settings then click up at the top where it pops up and disconnect it there, so the button remains available up top and you can use the VPN any time, it can be quite useful. I use a normal VPN and often when I have an issue with that VPN making a page not work, I just flip on the Opera VPN and viola, it works without having to disable my system VPN.

    For using Qwant, you can install an addon to add it to search engines and press
    “q” + “(space)” + “(searchterms)” hoipe that’s not too confusing, here’s the addon url

    For Ecosia, you have to add it manually, here are the steps to do that. I copied and pasted these from this forum page:

    Go to settings and search for “search engines” / right click the place where website addresses are displayed (search bar) and click edit search engines.
    Under “Other search engines” click add and fill in as follows
    a) Search engine: Ecosia
    b) Keyword: e
    c) URL with %s in place of query: https://www.ecosia.org/search?q=%s
    Go on the search bar and type “e ” and then you’ll be using Ecosia. Unfortunately, the settings do not allow for it to be truly default although it does get really close.

    ‘Melanie’ above pointed out that typing a key letter with a space before your search term can cause certain searches that start with a single letter and a space to cause the search engine to change and be confusing. One potential solution to this is to go to ‘User interface’ in advanced settings and there’s an option called ‘Enable search box in the address bar’. Enabling this creates a separate search bar in the upper-right which is not affected by the rule where you type the key letter with a space to change the search engine. I suppose making this a habit just to get around that uncommon problem isn’t necessarily the most convenient thing. Hopefully Opera changes its interface and settings to be more intuitive and powerful because little things like these can drive people away all the time.

    I just learned about the ‘homepage in new tab’ extension, which as far as I can tell is actually just a homepage button.
    Install it, set the URL to the page you want, click the cube in the upper right for extensions and click the pin by the new extension to pin the button to the address bar. Now you can click the ‘home’ button to navigate to the homepage you set whenever you open a new tab or whenever you want.

    Hope this helps someone, Opera is a great browser but it does have some tricky stuff going on in the settings with the interface and whatnot. I also like Brave, Firefox, and occasionally Epic for when I want to be extra private but don’t feel the need for Tor.

  14. yobilly says:

    ive tried selecting ONLY DuckDuck.. but for some weird reason it always reverts to eFfffing Goggle arrrrrrghhhhh… I HATE GOOGLE STUFF so much my google password is SHITONYOUGOOGLe…. win10 and android give same results.. reverts back for no reason to google

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