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How to replace Bing with Google or another engine for Windows 10 Search

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On Windows 10, by default, when you type a query in the taskbar search box, alongside results for apps, files, and settings, Windows Search will also suggest web searches, which will open Microsoft Edge and use Microsoft Bing to answer your question.

Although there is nothing wrong with Bing results, many people may prefer another search engine or experiences, such as Google, Yahoo, DuckDuckGo, or even Baidu, for privacy, relevance, or personal preference. The only problem is that since Bing is deeply integrated into Windows 10, you won't find a setting to change the search engine. However, if you use Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, you can use an extension (plus additional tweaks) to redirect the searches to any search engine you like.

In this Windows 10 guide, we will walk you through the steps to modify the system to search the web from the Windows Search using your preferred search engine and web browser.

Warning: This process requires the installation of third-party tools that Microsoft does not support, and they will change the behavior of Windows 10. Although these tools worked as expected during our test, you should use them only at your own risk. You have been warned.

How to change Bing on Windows Search using Chrometana Pro

If you use Google Chrome, you can redirect web results to open with your default web browser using the Google search engine (DuckDuckGo, Yahoo, or Baidu) using the Chormetana extension and the third-party tool known as "EdgeDeflector."

Install Chrometana Pro extension

To add Chrometana Pro to Chrome, use these steps:

  1. Open Google Chrome.
  2. Open the Chrometana Pro extension page in the Chrome Web Store.
  3. Click the Add to Chrome button.

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  1. Click the Add extension button.
  2. Click the Chrome extension menu button.
  3. Click the Chrometana Pro option to open the settings.

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  1. Check the Enabled option.
  2. Use the drop-down menus and select the Cortana and Bing option and Google, DuckDuckGo, Yahoo, or Baidu, depending on the search engine you prefer.Quick tip: You can also choose the Custom option to specify a custom search engine.

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Once you complete the steps, the browser will be ready to handle web searches using the search engine of your choice from Windows Search. However, you will still need to set up the EdgeDeflector tool, set the default browser settings, and configure Windows Search to make the solution work.

Install EdgeDeflector

To install the EdgeDeflector tool on Windows 10, use these steps:

  1. Open Google Chrome.
  2. Open the EdgeDeflector GitHub download page.

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  1. Click the EdgeDeflector_install.exe link to download the tool.
  2. Double-click the executable to launch the installer.
  3. Click the Install button.

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  1. Click the Close button.

After you complete the steps, the EdgeDeflector will intercept the action that will open Microsoft Edge and redirect it to the browser set as the system default instead.

Change default browser

To set Chrome as your default browser, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Apps.
  3. Click on Default apps.
  4. Under the "Web browser" section, click the default browser and select Google Chrome.

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Once you complete the steps, the only thing left to do is to configure Windows Search to use your default web borwser to shows the web results.

Configure Windows Search

To redirect searches to your preferred browser and search engine on Windows 10, use these steps:

  1. Click the search box in the taskbar.Quick tip: You can also start a search by opening the Start menu and typing a search term.
  2. Type a search a web search – for example, "web: When Microsoft was founded?"
  3. Select the EdgeDeflector option from the default app selection message.

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  1. Click the OK button.

After you complete the steps, Chrome will open and show the query results with your specified search engine. You only need to set the default browser for Windows Search once.

How to change Bing on Windows Search using Foxtana Pro

In the case that you prefer Mozilla Firefox, you can redirect web results to open on this browser and the search engine of your choice (Google, DuckDuckGo, Yahoo, or Baidu). You only need to set Firefox as your default browser, install the Foxtana Pro extension and the EdgeDeflector tool.

Install Foxtana Pro extension

To install the Foxtana Pro extension on Firefox, use these steps:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox.
  2. Open the Foxtana Pro extension page in the Firefox add-ons page.
  3. Click the Add to Firefox button.

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  1. Click the Add button.
  2. Click the Foxtana Pro button to open the settings.
  3. Check the Enabled option.
  4. Use the drop-down menus and select the Cortana and Bing option and Google, DuckDuckGo, Yahoo, or Baidu, depending on the search engine you prefer.Quick tip: You can also use the Custom option to specify a custom search engine.

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Once you complete the steps, Firefox will be ready to process search results using your chosen search engine. However, similar to the Chrome's solution, you will still need to configure EdgeDeflector, change the default browser settings, and customize the Windows Search experience to make the solution work as expected.

Install EdgeDeflector

To install the EdgeDeflector tool on Windows 10, use these steps:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox.
  2. Open the EdgeDeflector GitHub download page.

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  1. Click the EdgeDeflector_install.exe link to download the tool.
  2. Double-click the executable to launch the installer.
  3. Click the Install button.

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  1. Click the Close button.

After you complete the steps, the tool will intercept the action that will open Microsoft Edge and redirect it to the browser set as the system default instead.

Change default browser

To set Firefox as the new default browser, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Apps.
  3. Click on Default apps.
  4. Under the "Web browser" section, click the default browser and select Firefox.

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Once you complete the steps, you will need to configure the Windows 10 search feature to use the system default borwser to shows the web results with your prefered search engine.

Configure Windows Search

To redirect searches to your preferred browser and search engine on Windows 10, use these steps:

  1. Click the search box in the taskbar.
  2. Type a search a web search – for example, "web: When Microsoft was founded?"
  3. Select the EdgeDeflector option from the default app selection message.

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  1. Click the OK button.

After you complete the steps, Firefox will open and show the query result with your specified search engine.

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.

201 Comments
  • Oh windows central
  • Indeed. I threw up three times in my mouth while reading this article.
  • Mission accomplished. Get rid of that holiday weight! :P
  • Lol, WC doubles as a health app.
  • Yes this!!!
  • Using Bing outside the U.S. Is, simply put, crap. Easy searches give weird, wrong and unpractical results. Google is, sadly, the only option. So, thanks Mauro and Daniel for this how-to. It was helpful :)
  • Works fine in the UK.
  • ^this!
  • Blasphemy!!! Lol.
  • Why?
  • Here's a crazy idea: not everyone likes Bing. In fact, nearly 80% of all searches are non-Bing.
  • Or Edge. 
  • +1 Bing is fine. Edge, not so much.
  • Bing is fine in Usa but not in Finland you cant find anything whit it
  • So when's the "Here's how to easily switch to Android from Windows" article coming? Just kidding, Dan... Geez!! ;)
  • Well since 97% people use iOS and Android, I guess they should make that article too.
  • That article would actually be a good one.. Not hard for me I just cut 90% of Google's services.. I keep the google email account I created when Gmail was invitation only, I use webmaster tools and analytics.. That's that's all folks.
  • Naah.. Google is just too mainstream
  • Google at 80% was a long time ago. Today, Google is now down to 63.9% of searches according to analytics firm comScore.  In fact, Bing is slowing closing the gap with Google, and doing quite well. http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2015/12/29/instant-analysis-micros...
  • He didn't say 80% web searches are through Google. He said 80% web searches are not through Bing.
  • I'm having arguments to this effect on Twitter right now. Morons. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • And it seems you are working hard the percentage to be even higher. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • I only use Bing for the Rewards. The results aren't as good, since I do a lot of searching for technical information, including open source software. When they had the Bing challenge several years ago, Google won. Posted from my Moto X Pure Edition via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Bing us starting to challenge google. http://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/blog/techflash/2015/12/once-of-microso...
  • There's something wrong with this sentence "We know you might not be a Bing fan, so here's how to get Cortana in Windows 10 to consult Google instead."
    It should probably say some people might. Otherwise it just pisses people off. I am a Bing fan and you might want to highlight some of it's features.
  • Here in India Bing has changed and improved a lot. It shows top trends based on current affairs which is good for a person to get general info of the Indian Politics,Sports or any national discussion. Bing for me now is getting better now. Other countries except US I guess Bing is pretty worse not providing accurate links. Microsoft still has a long way to get things done with those countries. It wont be a profitable to them at all whatever they get search results from Europe as. Google is also struggling to earn from its search results so I don't expect Bing to be successful everywhere.
  • Bing sometimes brings impractical results to some queries. Such as while searching my college in Tamil nadu bing gets nowhere near where Google gets my job done. Outside US bing is not that good,particularly if you search for local contents.
  • Me no like google
  • I don't use a single google owned service, its quite liberating.
  • The only google service I'm forced to use is when I watch videos on YouTube. I don't have a google account though, so I guess that makes up for it just a little...
  • The trick is to watch those YouTube videos via video rollover preview on Bing.com so Google doesn't get any ad revenue from it.
  • Good one!
  • I use myTube and Google doesn't get ads played either.
  • Your searching and browsing experience must be really poor then. When Bing and Edge match Chrome and Google, in the UK at least, I'll twist but until then I'll stick. I've tried but it's a dreadful thing of horror. Inline videos in Edge not playing, no swiping, adverts, ridiculous half baked search results... No thanks.
  • I'll stick with Bing and I have high hopes for edge as it matures. Besides gotta have those Bing rewards Hehe.
  • Bing rewards are not available outside US. Bing sometimes brings impractical results to some queries. Such as while searching my college in Tamil nadu bing gets nowhere near where Google gets my job done. Outside US bing is not that good,particularly if you search for local contents.
  • Why would I?
  • I dunno, not sure we asked you, lol.