Google restores ability to remove default search engines in Chrome 99
Google recently removed the ability to remove default search engines in Chromium and implemented the change in Chrome 97, which it released in January 2022.
All web browsers come with a set of search engines, called default search engines, which users can start using right away. Google’s Chrome browser comes with Google as the default search engine, but also a handful of other search engines, including Microsoft Bing and DuckDuckGo.
The web browser supports other search engines, and Chrome users can simply visit most search engine sites to add them to Chrome. Search engines can also be manually added to Chrome’s list of supported engines. Custom search engines can then be configured by loading chrome://settings/searchEngines in the browser.
Chrome 97 introduced a change that prevented the removal of default search engines in Chrome. Chrome users could no longer remove them, while all other search engines could be removed as before.
Google felt that preventing default search engines from being deleted was in the interest of users because it was easy to delete them but not as easy to reinstate them, if the deletion had been done in error.
Starting with Chrome 99, Google reintroduced the ability to remove default search engines in Chrome. Chrome users can again select the menu icon next to the search engine they wish to remove to display the context menu with the removal option.
Selecting the delete option immediately deletes the search engine. The default search engine cannot be deleted, but it is quite easy to set any default search engine to get rid of all others.
You can make Ghacks (http://www.ghacks.net/?s=%s) the default search engine in Chrome to remove Google, Bing, and all other search engines listed under Default Engines. Naturally, this works with any other search engine listed on the search engine management page in the browser.
Google listened to the community and reinstated the removed feature. Removing default search engines may seem like a cosmetic change at first glance, as it’s quite easy to make another search engine the default in Chrome. On the other hand, some users may wish to have the freedom to remove any search engine from their browser, whether it is a default engine or not.
Now you: do you remove the default search engines from your browsers?