Everyone was excited about the Edge browser when Microsoft announced the Spartan project with Windows 10. It is no secret that many users have been fed up with Internet Explorer for quite a while, and the browser’s user-base has been diminishing for quite some time. To begin with, users had to manually set Edge as their default browser on Windows 10 but it has come a long way since then. Users now get all the necessary means to make Edge their primary browser on Windows. You can even import all your bookmarks to Edge quite easily. The only shortcoming (in some people’s eyes) is the fact that the Microsoft Edge default search engine is Bing. While Bing has been improving steadily in recent years, it is still not as good as Google, generally speaking. Fortunately, there is a pretty straightforward method that can be used to change the Microsoft Edge default search service.
Setting up the Microsoft Edge default search service is a pretty automated procedure. You don’t even have to type the URL or name of the search engine you like. Edge automatically forms a list of all search engines you visit. All that remains to be done is selecting the service you want as your default.
Selecting Microsoft Edge Default Search Engine
- Open MS Edge and visit the search engine page of your choice. As an example, you can consider going to Google.com and simply performing a random search.
- Now close the browser, and reopen it.
- Hit the browser’s control menu. This can be done by clicking the three-dot icon located in the top-right corner of the screen.
- Enter the ‘Settings’ option at the bottom of the menu opened in the previous step.
- Go to ‘View advanced settings’.
- The top option in this section of Edge’s settings is labeled ‘Search in the address bar with’. This is the field that actually lets you choose the Microsoft Edge default search engine. Hit the ‘Add new’ button under this field.
- The search engine of your choice should be listed here, given that you followed step 1. Choose it, and from the resulting menu hit ‘Add as default’.
- Exit the browser.
Your Microsoft Edge default search service has now been changed to the engine of your choice. Whenever you enter a search term in the new tab page or the browser’s address bar, the results will show up in Google (or whichever engine you chose) instead of Bing.