Windows Active Directory: Setting Ecosia as IE's default search

Using a Group Policy Administrative Template (.adm/.admx)

 

How-to for installing .admx IE template

Download the Group Policy Administrative Templates by clicking here. Unzip the archive and navigate to the Explorer folder.

The admx directory contains the main admx file together with its language resources (in the folder en-US).

To use the template follow these steps:
1. Copy the admx file together with the en-US folder to the correct place:

  • Local: %systemroot%\policyDefinitions (normally C:\Windows\policyDefinitions
  • Domain: %systemroot%\sysvol\domain\policies\PolicyDefinitions (normally C:\Windows\sysvol\domain\policies\PolicyDefinitions

2. Open the Group Policy administration tool. You can start group policy editor by typing gpedit.msc into the Windows command bar
3. Depending on the target of your policy (LOCAL_MACHINE or CURRENT_USER), expand either the Computer Configuration or User Configuration file browser

4. Navigate to Administrative Templates → Ecosia → Internet Explorer

5. Enable all desired options

    • All options already have the correct default values to work with Ecosia
    • Keep in mind that Add Ecosia to search providers has to be enabled for any of the other options to take effect.
    • Add Ecosia to user's list of search providers and Restrict search providers to Ecosia are mutually exclusive, only ever enabled on of them.

How-to for using .adm IE Template

 

  1. Download the Group Policy Administrative Templates by clicking here.
  2. Extract the archive and open the IE folder
  3. Open the Group Policy administration tool. You can start group policy editor by typing ‘gpedit.msc’ into the Windows command bar
  4. Depending on the target of your policy (LOCAL_MACHINE or CURRENT_USER), expand either the Computer configuration or User configuration file browser
  5. Right-click on the Administrative Templates folder and select “Add/Remove Templates”
  6. Click the “Add…” button and select the desired SearchProvider.adm file that you downloaded in step 1



  7. To enable the new policy, expand the Administrative Templates folder and enable: Administrative Templates\Classic Administrative Templates (ADM)\Windows Components\Internet Explorer\Populate List of search providers



  8. Choose which search engines you would like to add (the options will differ depending on which policy file you selected in step 6) and click "Apply"



  9. After applying the new search engines, you must edit an additional policy for Internet Explorer by following one of the steps below:
    1. To enable the search engines added in step 8, but still allow users to modify their search engines list, enable the policy: Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Internet Explorer → Add a specific list of search providers to the user’s list of search providers
    2. To enable the search engines added in step 8 and restrict the IE search engine list to those selected in step 6, enable the policy: Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Internet Explorer → Restrict Search providers to a specific list



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