How to Change the Search Engine in Windows 10 to Google

Microsoft’s free Windows 10 upgrade is considered by most to be the best operating system Microsoft has ever made. Whether or not that’s true is up for debate. Certainly, some aren’t a fan of Microsoft making it difficult to change the search engine in Windows 10 to Google.

That Bing is the default search in Windows 10 gets to the very heart of what Microsoft is trying to do with the operating system. Microsoft gives the upgrade away to anyone who has Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.

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Computing habits are changing. Microsoft has two rivals in the operating system space: Apple and Google. Both of those companies give updates to their operating systems away for free, banking on users adopting in mass and boosting usage of their other services. Windows 10 does the same thing for Microsoft. That’s why the Bing search engine is so heavily integrated with it.

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Read: How to Get the Free Windows 10 Upgrade Now

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It’s Bing that processes searches in the Ask Me Anything bar that’s added to the Taskbar by default. It’s Bing that also works behind the scenes, processing commands for Cortana. Cortana is Microsoft’s digital assistant.

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You can’t change how tightly integrated with Bing is with Windows 10, but you can change the default search engine in Microsoft Edge, Windows 10’s default web browser. Microsoft Edge is Internet Explorer’s replacement. It comes equipped with a Share button for quickly passing website links to others, a note taking mode and an interface that works well for all users.

Here’s how to change the search engine in Windows 10.

Press the Windows key on your keyboard, the Windows button in the Taskbar or the physical Windows button on your touch-screen device.

Now look for the Microsoft Edge app. It has a bright blue tile, with Microsoft Edge written in the bottom left corner. It should be pinned to your Start Menu or Start Screen. If it’s not and you have a mouse, click on the All Apps button. If you’re on touch, tap the Menu button in the top-left corner and tap on All Apps.

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Tap or click on the three dots in the top-right corner of your screen.

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Now tap or click on Settings inside the menu.

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Scroll down to the bottom of the list of Settings.

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Now tap or click on Advanced Settings.

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Welcome to the Advanced Settings menu within Microsoft Edge. From here you can change many of the features of the browser, including the default search engine. Scroll down towards the bottom of the Settings. You’re looking for a field called Search in the Address Bar.

Tap or click on Google in the drop down menu. Then tap or click anywhere else to close the Settings area. There’s no search button so the change should happen immediately.

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From this point on, typing anything in the search bar within Microsoft Edge brings you to Google Search results instead of Bing search results. You can switch to other search engines that support Microsoft Edge too. For example, Wikipedia already sports Microsoft Edge integration.

How to Change the Search Engine in Windows 10 to Google: What You Need to Know

Unfortunately, that’s all the changes that Microsoft allows for search. Using the search box or Cortana in Windows 10 still defaults you back to Bing. There’s no way to change this as Cortana is an interface for Bing. To prevent yourself from using this search box you can hide it by right-clicking or tapping and holding on it to hide the box. There’s no way to use Cortana and not be connected to Bing in some way.

Read: How to Browse the Internet in Windows 10

Good luck with Windows 10. GottaBeMobile broke down many of Microsoft Edge’s new features and upgrades for users here. It’s a nice web browser that gives users tons of options, even if they can’t change the search engine Cortana uses.