One of the underrated features in BlackBerry OS 7 is the ability to customize search engines. Depending on your carrier, your BlackBerry 7 smartphone comes with a few search engines automatically enabled. When you search using the address bar in your browser, your BlackBerry pulls from all of your search engines (using your default first). Today we’ll run through how to add search engines, and how to change your default. Adding new search engines BlackBerry 7 can detect many sites that are searchable. Just open up the site, click the BlackBerry button, and find Add Search Engine in the menu. That will add it to your search engine list, meaning it will show up when you search through the address bar. If the site does not contain the Add Search Engine option, you can add it yourself. Just run a search on the site, and then copy the address from the address bar. It should look like the normal URL, with “/s?=” after it. While still in your browser, press the BlackBerry button and go to Options. Select the Manage Search Engines button. From there you’ll select Add New Search engine. Type in the name, and then paste the clipboard text into the Address field. You’ll have to remove the text that comes after the ?s and replace it with %s. So in our case it would read http://www.bbgeeks.com/?s=%s. Now when you search through the address bar, your custom sites will appear, along with the pre-installed ones. Changing the default search engine To change the default search engine is a cinch, especially if you’ve gone through the process of manually adding a search engine. Just go to your browser, then select Options – Manage Search Engines. You’ll see a list here. Just click on one, and it becomes your default. Piece of cake.