Tweak Internet Explorer's Default Search EngineDon't go to www.google.com every time you want to use Google. Instead, make it (or another search engine) the default tool in IE.
By default, Internet Explorer 7's search box taps Windows Live Search--not the least bit surprising given that the latter is Microsoft's baby. Unfortunately... hmmm, how to put this politely... Windows Live Search bites.
The good news is, there's an easy to tweak Internet Explorer so it uses the search engine of your choice. Like, say, Google. Here's how:
That's it! Now, when you click inside IE's search box and type a query, you'll get results from Google (or whatever search provider you set as the default).
Want to change it back? Click the pull-down menu on the right side of the search box and choose Change Search Defaults.
Was I wrong to suggest Google as a preferred alternative to Windows Live Search? What's your search tool of choice?