Safari is a solid browser for most Mac users. It’s fast, energy efficient, plays well with iPhone and iPad, and more. However, if you are not happy with the default search engine, you just need to change it with a few clicks.
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Change search engine in Safari preferences
To change Safari’s default search engine, launch the Safari app on your Mac and click “Safari” in the top left corner of the screen and select “Preferences” from the list that appears:
A new window will appear. Click the “Search” button to go to the search engine preferences:
Click the drop-down arrow to select a search engine of your choice. You can choose from Google, DuckDuckGo, Yahoo, Bing and Ecosia:
After choosing the desired search engine, you can close the preferences panel. From now on, all searches you perform from the address bar will use the search engine specified in Safari’s preferences.
Using other search engines with Safari
There is currently no way to add more search engines to Safari, which means that if you want to use a different search engine by default, you will need to use an alternative browser such as Chrome or Firefox.
Fortunately, you can use one smart solution to search the web using various search engines, right from the Safari URL bar. To do this, you’ll need to use DuckDuckGo as your default search engine, so follow the steps above to switch to this default search engine in Safari’s preferences.
DuckDuckGo supports a series of additional operators called “bang” that are primarily designed to limit your search to a particular website. For example, if you search for “change Safari search engine !htg” to DuckDuckGo, activate the Mujahid Tricks bang (!htg) that will specifically search this website, using our search engine (which happens to be Google).
Did you know that DuckDuckGo has over 12k shortcuts or “bangers” that take you straight to search results on other sites? For example, search for this to jump to a Wikipedia article on the Great Pyramid of Giza:
!w pyramid of Giza
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— DuckDuckGo (@DuckDuckGo) August 3, 2019
You can do this for a range of services such as YouTube (!yt), Wikipedia (!w), and Twitter (!twitter). You can also use it to search Google (!g), Google Images (!gimg), and Gmail (!gmail) without relying on Google as your primary search engine. Keep in mind that you won’t get DuckDuckGo’s enhanced privacy if you use this pony because the search engine will pass your request on to a third-party query instead.
Bangs include other search engines such as Bing (!bing) and Ecosia (!eco). Go to the DuckDuckGo Bangs Repository and search for the search engine you want and add the bang to any search.
DuckDuckGo is your best choice
DuckDuckGo is not only the best default Safari search engine from a privacy perspective, but you can always switch to Google and get more in-depth results by adding a “!g” bang to your search. Searching with DuckDuckGo quickly becomes second nature, especially when you know which pony to use for your favorite websites and search engines.
You can also use DuckDuckGo for media, maps, news and directions.