Bing is the default search engine in Microsoft Edge, but while Microsoft’s engine provides a great search experience, it is not for everyone.
If you’re switching from Chrome and want to keep Google as your default engine, or if you prefer something different (such as DuckDuckGo, Yahoo, Ask, and so on), Microsoft Edge includes the option to set another search engine. The only requirement is that you know where to look for the option, which is buried deep within the settings.
In this Windows 10 tutorial, we’ll show you how to change the default search engine on Microsoft Edge for Windows.
How to change default search engine on Microsoft Edge Chromium
To change the default search engine on Microsoft Edge, use these steps:
- Open Microsoft Edge Chromium.
- Click the Settings and more (three-dotted) button from the top-right corner.
- Select the Settings option.
- Click on Privacy and services on the next page displayed.
- Under the “Services” section, click the Address bar and search setting.
- Select the new default search engine from the “Search engine used in the address bar” drop-down menu. — for example, DuckDuckGo, Google, Yahoo!, or Bing (default).
- (Optional) Use the “Search on new tabs uses search box or address bar” drop-down menu and select:
- Address bar — when typing a query in the search box, the search will move to the address bar.
- Search box — when typing a query in the search box, the search will continue from the search box.
Once you complete the steps, you should be able to open a new tab and search from the address bar with the new default search engine.
Surprisingly, this option has no effect outside of Microsoft Edge. When you perform a search from the Start menu or Cortana and choose “Search the web,” Windows will use Bing to search the web. After all, Cortana is “powered by Bing.” The preceding option only applies to searches initiated from within Microsoft Edge.