How to fix broken Google search in the Chromium version of Microsoft Edge

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Update, July 31 (6:30 am ET): Microsoft states that the issue is now fixed and suggests reverting any browser setting changes you've made to work around the issue.

An issue has recently popped up involving the Chromium version of Edge crashing when trying to use the address bar to search. This seems to only be an issue when Google is set as the default search engine. If you've come across this issue, fear not; there is a quick fix.

How to fix address bar search in Chromium version of Microsoft Edge

If you're someone who sets Google as their default search engine in Edge and you like to search directly from the address bar, you've likely noticed this issue pop up very recently. Note that we experienced this issue running the official version (84.0.522.48) of Edge, and it's also occuring in the Beta version; it's unclear if the same problem is affecting other versions of the new Edge. Luckily, Reddit user Aqualungz quickly jumped on a fix that will do until Microsoft fixes things on its end. Here's how it's done.

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge from your taskbar, desktop, or Start menu.
  2. Click Settings and more.
  3. Click Settings.

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  1. Click Privacy and services.
  2. Click Address bar. You'll likely have to scroll down to find it.

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  1. Click Manage search engines.
  2. Click Add.

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  1. Type Google in the Search engine field.
  2. Type www.google.com in the Keyword field.

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  1. Type {google:baseURL}search?q=%s&{google:RLZ}{google:originalQueryForSuggestion}{google:assistedQueryStats}{google:searchFieldtrialParameter}{google:iOSSearchLanguage}{google:searchClient}{google:sourceId}{google:contextualSearchVersion}ie={inputEncoding} into the URL with %s in place of query field. Typing https://www.google.com/search?q=%s in this field should also work (thanks bradavon for the comment).
  2. Click Add.

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That's it! You should now be able to search again in the Edge address bar with Google as your default search engine.

Cale Hunt
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Cale Hunt is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. He focuses mainly on laptop reviews, news, and accessory coverage. He's been reviewing laptops and accessories full time since 2016, with hundreds of reviews published for Windows Central. He is an avid PC gamer and multi-platform user, and spends most of his time either tinkering with or writing about tech.

7 Comments
  • You can also use: https://www.google.com/search?q=%s Change the .com for your locale.
  • Redirect all bing and cortana searches to google. The problem with this is that you don't get suggestions in the search box. To fix that use bing as the default search engine and then add an extension called chrometana pro from chrome web store. This will redirect all bing and cortana searches to google.
  • This will lose the auto search suggestion feature.
  • Because of this issue I will move away from Google and try Duck Duck Go as my main search engine for a month.
  • I use bing since 2012 so no issue here with the search bar.
  • Bing has always been my default. I avoid Google as much as humanly possible.
  • "the chromium version of Microsoft Edge" You mean Chredge?