Setting the Default Search Engine in Microsoft Edge

by Barry Dysert
(last updated November 21, 2016)

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When you open a new tab in Edge, you have the option of entering a web address or performing a web search. (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1. The New Tab page.

By default, if you want to search, Edge uses the Bing search engine. If you prefer another search engine, though, that's easy to change. Personally, I prefer the Google search engine, so I'll show you how to change from Bing to Google.

With Edge up, click the More ellipsis: (See Figure 2.)

Figure 2. The More ellipsis.

A drop down menu appears. Click the Settings item. The menu changes, and you should then click the View Advanced Settings button. The menu changes again, and about halfway down is a section with the text "Search in the address bar with." Here you can click the Change Search Engine button. When you do, a list of available search engines appears. If you don't see the one you want, you have to get Edge to "discover" it.

To discover a new search engine, go to the New Tab page and enter the URL of the site you want to use as your search engine (e.g., Google.com). Now go back through More | Settings | View Advanced Settings | Change Search Engine. Google.com should now appear in the list. Select it, and click the Set as Default button. You have now set your default search engine to Google.

 This tip (13497) applies to Windows 10.

Author Bio

Barry Dysert

Barry has been a computer professional for over 35 years, working in different positions such as technical team leader, project manager, and software developer. He is currently a software engineer with an emphasis on developing custom applications under Microsoft Windows. When not working with Windows or writing Tips, Barry is an amateur writer. His first non-fiction book is titled "A Chronological Commentary of Revelation." ...

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What is 2 + 8?

2016-11-22 14:10:32

James

When I tried this the only two options were: 1) Bing, 2) Google maps


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