Export/Import Search Providers of Internet Explorer

by Eric Geier [Published on 21 Feb. 2012 / Last Updated on 1 June 2011]

Configure Search Providers, export the settings from Regedit, and then import to other PCs via .reg file.

If you use Search Providers in Internet Explorer, you can quickly distribute the settings by exporting the Registry key and importing on other PCs.

First, configure the settings as you desired on a single PC and then export them:

  1. Open Registry Editor (regedit).
  2. For individual users, navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes.
  3. For all users, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes.
  4. Then select Export from the File menu and save as a .reg file.
  5. Distribute this .reg file and open on other PCs to load in the settings.

The Author — Eric Geier

Eric Geier (Dayton, Ohio) is a Freelance  Tech Writer and Author specializing in computer networking. He's also the Founder and Owner of NoWiresSecurity, which provides a hosted cloud-based RADIUS service to help businesses easily secure their Wi-Fi networks with the Enterprise (802.1X) mode of WPA/WPA2 security. He’s also the Founder and Owner of On Spot Techs, which provides on-site computer and technology services.

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