How to change the default search engine in Microsoft Edge

How to change the default search engine in Microsoft Edge

Last updated: October 21, 2017 

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Today was the day. Call it laziness, call it being experimental, call it giving it a try as-is.  Whatever it was is finally over. With the introduction of Windows 10, it seemed appropriate to use the default configuration that Microsoft anointed: the new operating system, coupled with the new Microsoft Edge web browser, and searching the web with Bing. Having grown tired of manually selecting or navigating to a search engine other than Bing, the time was ripe to change the default.

Microsoft recommends sticking with its own Bing search engine. There is some impact worth noting between Edge and Bing when changing the default search engine. Direct links to Windows 10 apps may not work as fast. Cortana’s suggestions may not be as relevant. And Microsoft help for its software may not be as instant. Therefore, if these consequences are not deal-breakers for you, here is how to change the default search engine in Microsoft Edge.

With Microsoft Edge as your web browser of choice, search the web right from its address bar.  Input your search string, noting the magnifying glass icon differentiating search from sites, then hit return.

How to change the default search engine in Microsoft Edge

Search results from Bing display by default.

Change the Default Search Engine

To display results from a different search engine, navigate to your preferred search engine’s web site. Click the More actions icon (the one with the three dots) in the upper-right corner, then choose Settings.



How to change the default search engine in Microsoft Edge

Under the Settings menu, scroll down to the Advanced settings section, then click the View advanced settings button.

How to change the default search engine in Microsoft Edge

Scroll down to the Search in the address bar with pulldown menu, click the down arrow to the right of Bing, then click <Add new>.

How to change the default search engine in Microsoft Edge

How to change the default search engine in Microsoft Edge


A list of search providers will display. Click to highlight your preferred search engine in the list, then click the Add as default button.

How to change the default search engine in Microsoft Edge

Using the example above, we added Google Search as the default search engine. As a result, results from searches you conduct from the Microsoft Edge address bar will use Google.

How to change the default search engine in Microsoft Edge

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