I was gratified to hear that Google’s share of search engine traffic in the U.S. continues to drop, but Apple doesn’t make it totally easy to change search engines in Safari. Here’s a free Mac utility that gives you more search options in Safari.
Safari Omnikey Is Key
If you don’t want to use Google in Safari’s combo URL and search keyword tool, open Safari’s preferences, select the General tab, then choose a different Default search engine.
The only problem with that easy method is the limitation of the search engines in Safari. You get Google, Microsoft Bing, or Yahoo!
I’m not sure how Yahoo! differs from Bing so there’s even less choice.
However, if you add the free Safari Omnikey utility for Safari you get a few options you’re likely to enjoy.
It comes bundled with other search engines, including DuckDuckGo, and options to search Amazon, Wikipedia, YouTube, Twitter and others right from within Safari’s URL field.
The way Omnikey works in Safari is pretty cool. For example, to search Amazon, simply type in the word ‘amazon’ followed by your search terms.
That’s it. You won’t be bugged trying to figure out additional options or troubled by an arcane configuration because there isn’t any.
Safari Omnikey enhances the URL search field in Safari and gives you both bundled options for different search engines, but you can customize it with one that suits you better.
If more Mac users use other search engines maybe Google will suffer a bit and learn to make nice nice with users instead of treating them like product components.