Microsoft’s 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 gave the upgrade away to anyone who had Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 because it hoped to offer them an expanded array of services, apps and downloads that they otherwise wouldn’t be enticed to try.
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.
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.
You can’t change how tightly integrated with Bing is with Windows 10, but you can change the default search engine in Window’s 10’s default web browser. Microsoft Edge is Internet Explorer’s replacement.
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.
Tap or click on the three dots in the top-right corner of your screen.
Now tap or click on Settings inside the menu.
Scroll down to the bottom of the list of Settings. Now tap or click on View Advanced Settings.
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 the Change Search Engine button.
Tap or click on Google in the drop down menu. If it’s not there for you, it’s because Edge has to discover a search engine before the option appears here. As such, you’ll need to go to Google.com using the browser for the option to surface. As you can see in these examples, this discovery feature works for more than just a few sites. You could find tons of them. Tap or click Set as Default.
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 supports being set as the default search engine in Windows 10.
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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. 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.
Good luck with changing the search engine in Windows 10. GottaBeMobile has broken 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.