Microsoft Edge installer downloadSource: Windows Central

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.

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

    Click Settings and more. Click Settings.Source: Windows Central

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

    Click Privacy and services. Click Address bar.Source: Windows Central

  6. Click Manage search engines.
  7. Click Add.

    Click Manage search enginesSource: Windows Central

  8. Type Google in the Search engine field.
  9. Type in the Keyword field.

    Type Google. Type Windows Central

  10. 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 in this field should also work (thanks bradavon for the comment).
  11. Click Add.

    Type the code. Click Add.Source: Windows Central

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

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