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How to change default search engine on Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge change default search engine
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Microsoft Edge comes with Bing as the default search engine, but even though Microsoft's engine provides a great search experience, it's not for everyone.

If you are moving from Chrome, and you want to keep using Google as your default engine, or you prefer something different (such as DuckDuckGo, Yahoo, Ask, etc.), Microsoft Edge includes an option to set another search engine. The only caveat is to know where to find the option since it is buried deep inside the settings.

In this Windows 10 guide, we will walk you through the steps to change the default search engine on Microsoft Edge for Windows and other platforms.

How to change default search engine on Microsoft Edge

To change the default search engine on Microsoft Edge, use these steps:

  1. Open Microsoft Edge.
  2. Click the Settings and more (three-dotted) button from the top-right corner.
  3. Click the Settings option.

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  1. Click on Privacy, search, and services.
  2. Under the "Services" section, click the Address bar and search setting.

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  1. Use the "Search engine used in the address bar" drop-down menu and select the new default search engine — for example, DuckDuckGo, Google, Yahoo!, or Bing (default).

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  1. (Optional) Use the "Search on new tabs uses search box or address bar" drop-down menu and select:
    • Address bar — when typing a query in the search box, the search will move to the address bar.
    • Search box — when typing a query in the search box, the search will continue from the search box.

Once you complete the steps, you should be able to open a new tab and search from the address bar with the new default search engine.

How to set custom search engine on Microsoft Edge

If you prefer a different search engine on Edge, you'd need to add it manually with these steps:

  1. Open Microsoft Edge.
  2. Click the Settings and more (three-dotted) button from the top-right corner.
  3. Click the Settings option.

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  1. Click on Privacy, search, and services.
  2. Under the "Services" section, click the Address bar and search setting.

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  1. Click the Manage search engines option.Quick tip: While on this page, if you have search engines you do not use, you can always click the button on the right and select the Remove option to delete them.

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  1. Click the Add button from the top-right corner.
  2. Specify a descriptive name for the option — for example, DuckDuckGo.
  3. Specify any keyword to comply with the requirement — for example, DuckDuckGo.
  4. Specify the exact search engine string — for example, to make DuckDuckGo the new default the string should look like this: https://duckduckgo.com/?q=%s or http://google.com/search?q=%s to use Google.

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  1. Click the Add button.
  2. Click the search engine three-dotted button and select the Make default option.

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After you complete the steps, as you enter a new query in the address bar, the search should happen with the new engine you have configured. The new option should also appear in the "Search engine used in the address bar" drop-down menu in the "Address bar" settings page.

We're focusing this guide on Windows 10, but these instructions should also work on the previous version of Windows, Windows 11, and other supported platforms like macOS.

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Mauro Huculak is technical writer for WindowsCentral.com. His primary focus is to write comprehensive how-tos to help users get the most out of Windows 10 and its many related technologies. He has an IT background with professional certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTIA, and he's a recognized member of the Microsoft MVP community.

10 Comments
  • Thank you, all of us is not living in US where Bing is good. Here in Sweden Bing is barely usable.
    By the way, the three dots have been switchout on the Canary to what ooks like an sync icon (could be an bug).
    A bit convoluted and I still miss that I can't switch out Bing from the start page or maybe I miss that Microsoft are not making Bing more usable in more markets.
  • The different icon means you have an update available.
  • - de le ted -
  • I have tested well just right now, and I have to say, it's promising 😘
  • As others have noted, this does NOT change the search provider on the new tab page. :( Microsoft still forces Bing in the most frequent locations: https://i.imgur.com/dvPCxGO.png
  • sounds about right, bing is a waste of time,
  • @Ikjadoon This pissed me off when I saw this too.. Only way I found around it is: Settings / Privacy and Services / Address Bar, change setting for "Search on new tabs uses search box or address bar" from "Search Box (Recommended)" to "Address Bar." So, on a new tab page, an empty vestigial search box appears in the center of the page, but when you click and try to type in search terms, the cursor jumps up to your address bar to do the search. (And the address bar respects which search engine you manually configured.) The "Recommended" marking for the "Search Box" choice made me laugh. RIGHT. Recommended, so that MS tricks you into using their search engine!!! Yea, this is a bastardly choice by MS UI designers..
  • Thanks! Wish we could dump the search bar completely, but this is the best workaround solution that I've seen. Kudos!
  • Surly it can be changed the same way as on other chromium based browsers, just right click on the URL bar and edit search engines. It is a shame that MS do not allow other search engines from their search bar on Windows, it would be more useful that that useless load of rubbish that is connected to it called Cortana.
  • Bing is, by default the default search engine. But you can easily change it to Google or something else. The new Edge is far superior than the old one, even in its current beta state.