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How to change the default search engine in Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge is the default browser found in Windows 10, and uses Microsoft's own Bing search engine to find things on the internet for you. Bing differs in many ways from other search engines like Wolfram Alpha, Google and DuckDuckGo, which can lead to some confusing results if you're used to an alternative!

Before Edge there was Internet Explorer, the default web browser for every version of Windows since Windows 95. Internet Explorer or IE let you pick a search provider from a list of ones suggested by Microsoft, and gave users a few alternatives to choose between. In contrast, Microsoft Edge can use any search provider that uses the Open Search protocol, by visiting the search page then navigating through a few different menus to 'add' it to Edge.

Add a search provider to Microsoft Edge

Whether you choose Google, DuckDuckGo or even Wikipedia as your search provider is up to you, but the starting place will always be their website. As Google is the most widely used, we'll look at this one – but the method is the same, no matter which engine you want to use.

Edge browser default search 1

  1. Visit the website you want to add as a search provider – in our example we're using Google. Type your search engine into the address bar and press Enter.
  2. In the top right-hand corner of Edge, click the More actions button. This looks like three dots.
  3. A new menu will appear. At the bottom of the menu, click Settings to view your browser settings.
  4. Scroll down to the bottom and click View advanced settings.

Edge browser default search 2

  1. Scroll down the Advanced settings menu and click on the Change search engine button found below "Search in the address bar with...".
  2. Edge browser default search 4On this next page, click on the name of your new search engine - we've picked Google.
  3. After selecting your new search engine, click Set as default.
  4. Your default search engine has now been changed! You can use your new search engine by typing straight into the address bar, so to test it out, type some search terms into your address bar and press Enter.

It's important to remember that adding a new search provider to Microsoft Edge doesn't change the search options for any other browsers, or for the search function on your Windows 10 taskbar – that's provided courtesy of the Cortana virtual assistant, which will always be powered by Bing.

Hopefully this should answer any questions you have – but if you're still having difficulties adding a search provider to Microsoft Edge, why don't you check out our support options and give our Agents a call on 0800 049 6190. And make sure to check out our entire series of free, helpful guides to making the most of Windows 10 – you'll be glad you did!

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