Add a specific list of search providers to the user’s list of search providers

This policy setting allows you to add a specific list of search providers to the user’s default list of search providers. Normally search providers can be added from third-party toolbars or in Setup. The user can also add a search provider from the provider’s website. If you enable this policy setting the user can add and remove search providers but only from the set of search providers specified in the list of policy keys for search providers (found under [HKEY_CURRENT_USER or HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> Software -> policies -> Microsoft -> Internet Explorer -> SearchScopes]). Note: This list can be created from a custom administrative template file. For information about creating this custom administrative template file see the Internet Explorer documentation on search providers. If you disable or do not configure this policy setting the user can configure their list of search providers unless another policy setting restricts such configuration.

Additional Information

  1. Registry path is:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER -> Software -> Policies -> Microsoft -> Internet Explorer -> Infodelivery -> Restrictions # AddPolicySearchProviders

  2. The Administrative Template path is:

    Windows Components -> Internet Explorer


* Making mistakes while changing registry values can affect your system adversely. We recommend you to create a System Restore point before making registry manipulation. If you're new to Registry Editor, read this beginner's guide.
** To locate the registry and administrative template path, checkout beginner's guide.
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