Microsoft Edge is one of the new features introduced with Windows 10. Edge, a new web browser from Microsoft developed for Windows 10, is not a rebranded version of Internet Explorer. While Edge browser logo looks very similar to Internet Explorer, Edge has been developed from scratch and is actually comparable to Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.
While Internet Explorer has been retained in Windows 10, Microsoft Edge is the new default web browser. The Edge browser comes with a number of new and unique features to make your web experience even better. The ability to write on a webpage is one of the features that you can’t find in other web browsers. The feature allows you take notes, write, and highlight directly on webpages.
The Reading view, Reading list, Hub, and tight-integration with digital personal assistant Cortana make Edge a feature-rich web browser. Needless to say, the Edge browser is easy-to-use on touch devices as well.
Default search engine in Edge
With default settings, as one would expect, Bing is the default search engine in Microsoft Edge and as well as the Cortana search box on the taskbar (see how to enable Google search in taskbar search). While Microsoft has been putting great efforts to make Bing better, it’s still not as good as Google.
Those of you who have been using Microsoft Edge as your default web browser might want to make Google or any other search engine as your default search provider in Edge browser. In order to change default search engine in Edge, you need to complete the given below directions.
NOTE: Only search engines that support OpenSearch can’t be set it default search engine in Edge. For those who are curious, Google supports OpenSearch now.
Change default search engine in Microsoft Edge
Step 1: Launch Microsoft Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the search engine’s home page you want to set as default in Edge browser. For instance, if you want to set DuckDuckGo as your default search in Edge, visit DuckDuckGo.com in your Edge browser, and then click the star button to add the URL to Favorites.
And if you want to make Google as default, please visit the same in Edge browser, and add the URL to Favorites by clicking start button.
Step 3: Click More actions button (…) and then click Settings to open the same.
Step 4: On the Settings pane, scroll down, and then click View advanced settings button to reveal advanced settings.
Step 5: Here, under Search in the address bar with, you’ll see Bing (www.bing.com) entry. Click the Down arrow (see picture) and then click Add new.
IMPORTANT: According to Microsoft, the list shows only those search providers who support the OpenSearch standard.
Step 6: Select a search provider and then click Add as default button. Once a search provided is added, you can easily switch between them.
We will update this guide with more information once every search engine starts supporting OpenSearch. Do let us know if there is an alternative method to change default search engine in Edge browser.