How to Make DuckDuckGo Your Default Search Engine in OS X Yosemite

DuckDuckGo is far from the most well-known search engine, but it is fast and efficient, and worth trying out if you are using Mac’s new OS X Yosemite update. Use the steps below to make DuckDuckGo your default search engine in Yosemite.

Step 1
First, make sure you have installed the Yosemite update on your Mac. You can find these by clicking on the updates button at the top right-hand corner of the screen (the one with three dots and three lines) and looking at the updates available in the App Store. Once you open the App Store updates page, you should see Yosemite as a free upgrade.

Step 2
Once you’ve updated to Yosemite, your computer will restart and boot back up. Once it does, launch Safari.

Step 3
Click the “Safari” dropdown menu at the top left corner of the screen, and then select “Preferences.”

Step 4
In the Preferences menu, select the Search tab (between Passwords and Security), then select DuckDuckGo from the dropdown menu for search engines. Now, when you type something that isn’t a URL into the Safari navigation bar, it will automatically search using DuckDuckGo.

There could be a number of reasons to want to try a new search engine. Perhaps you’re tired of the rumors circulating about Google’s tendency to track every move that users make online, or maybe you’re frustrated with the interface for Bing. DuckDuckGo is a search engine dedicated to the privacy of users, and offers quick search results to boot!