This article describes how to search the Internet by using
the Address bar in Internet Explorer or by using the Address toolbar on the
desktop or taskbar.
You can type common names or words in the
Internet Explorer Address bar and then click Go
or press ENTER to obtain a list of Web sites that closely matches
your search criteria.
When you type a Web site name without a domain type (such
as .com or .org) in the Address bar, an Internet client feature called AutoScan
searches for the following Web sites:
Internet Explorer 4
The AutoScan feature is always used before the AutoSearch feature
for single-word queries. For multiple-word queries, the AutoSearch feature is
To use the AutoSearch feature for single-word queries, type
, followed by the topic you want.
AutoSearch feature uses a random search engine to perform your search in
Internet Explorer 4. For additional information about how to customize your
AutoSearch search engine, please see the following article in the Microsoft
How to Change the Default AutoSearch Search Page
The following options are available when the Web
address you specify is not found:
- Never search
- Always ask
- Always search
The AutoScan common root domains
option is set
to Always ask
Internet Explorer 5
The integration of the AutoSearch and AutoScan features in
Internet Explorer 5 has one major goal. For single-word queries, AutoSearch
occurs before AutoScan by using The Microsoft Network (MSN) AutoSearch
To customize or disable Address bar searches, follow these
- Click Start, point to Settings, click Control Panel, and then double-click Internet Options.
- On the Advanced tab, under Search from the Address bar, click
the search option you want, and then click OK.
The following AutoSearch and AutoScan options are available in
Internet Explorer 5:
- Display results, and go to the most likely site
- Do not search from the Address bar
- Just display the results in the main window
- Just go to the most likely site
The Display results, and go to the most likely
option is the default setting. The AutoScan and AutoSearch
features are dependent on each other in Internet Explorer 5. You cannot disable
AutoScan only (and use only AutoSearch) or disable AutoSearch only (and use
only AutoScan). Therefore, the following search options are not supported in
Internet Explorer 5:
- AutoScan, no AutoSearch at all
- AutoSearch, no AutoScan at all
: If you are a corporate user and your organization does not have
Internet access, you may want to disable automatic searching.
Note that Internet Explorer 4 and Internet Explorer 5 do not
automatically search or scan for single-word queries that you type in the
Address bar on the desktop or taskbar. To use the AutoSearch feature from the
Address bar on the desktop or taskbar, type ?
your search term or terms.