How to change the default search engine in Microsoft Edge?

By ivan.diskin | October 17, 2018 |

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Today, we are going to be talking about the Microsoft Edge browser and how to change its default search engine. Microsoft Edge is the successor of Internet Explorer. This browser was introduced with Windows 10, and it is a step up from its predecessor.

When you open the Microsoft Edge browser, you will notice how neat and clean it looks

The news feed gives the browser a smooth look and makes it unique. You have the option to select from various categories of news, depending on your interests. This page is customizable to your liking.

The speed of the browser has been improved, and it is now very easy to use. Microsoft is still making changes and developing new updates for the browser which are intended to fix minor bugs because this browser is still new.

Let’s take a look at some of the features packed into this browser. At the far-left corner of the toolbar, you have the Back and Forward buttons, along with your Refresh button. The next button to the right is the Website identification button. After that, you have the address bar where you input a web address. At the right of the address bar is the Reading button, which is used to put the website page into a nice, clean, and easy-to-read panel. Next to that is the star icon which you can click on to add a page to your favorites or reading list. To the right of that is a menu button which you can click to view your Favorites, Reading list, History, and Downloads. Next to that is the Add notes button which lets you write all over the web page or make notes that can then be saved to your gallery. Then you have the Share button where you can share with other people via email or on OneNote. Finally, you have the three dots which represent the Settings and more button. There, you can see options like opening a new window or controlling the zoom level and plenty of other things. You can click on Settings, and you’ll be taken to a page where you can change the theme, turn on and off the favorites bar, change what page opens up when you launch the app, etc. Also, you can click the Advanced settings button to view even more options.

Now, we are moving on to changing your default browser. Normally, the default search engine for Microsoft Edge is Bing. Most users prefer to use Google or DuckDuckGo for many reasons. Psychologically, users have associated Google with searching the internet. Other experienced users prefer to use DuckDuckGo for privacy reasons. We cannot blame Microsoft for promoting their search engine on their web browser. So, if you are in that pool of people who want to use Microsoft Edge but prefer another search engine, then this article is for you.

In this article, we are going to show you how to change the default search engine in Microsoft Edge to Google

To do this, use the following steps:

  • In the Microsoft Edge browser, navigate to google.com. This is in the case when you want to make Google your default browser. If you want to use another, then you need to go to the site of the other browser.
  • Now, click on the three dots at the right top corner of the screen to open the Customize and Control menu.
  • Click on Settings.
  • Scroll down and click View Advanced Settings.
  • Again, scroll down and click Change search engine.
  • Now, you will see the list of search engines you have visited. Select Google and click Set as default browser.
  • Now, anything you search using the address bar will be displayed in Google.

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