How to Change the Search Engine in Microsoft Edge (No More Bing)
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There are many valid reasons to use Microsoft Edge, but for some, those reasons aren’t convincing enough. In fact, we recently made a case for why you should wait before switching to Edge — mainly because it doesn’t have as much open flexibility as other browsers.

The search engine setting is one clear example of this. Edge comes with Bing set as the default search engine, which isn’t wrong in and of itself, but the process of changing to another default search engine can be a bit confusing. Off the bat, you’d think it was impossible.

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The above screenshot is what the setting looks like at first: Bing starts as the default. There aren’t any other search engines available to switch to, and there isn’t an apparent way to add your own search engines.

That’s because Edge uses a system of discovery. As you browse the web, if Edge detects that you’ve used some kind of search engine, it will then add that search engine to the list.

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The above screenshot is what the setting looks like after searching on Google, Wikipedia, and YouTube. Now that those engines have been discovered, you can set them as your default engine for Edge searches. (Or you can remove them, if you wish.)

You can also use this trick to create custom search queries for greater productivity when browsing the web.

Again, this is only one of many reasons why Edge isn’t the best browser right now. However, if you want to use Edge, don’t let us stop you! Consult our guide to setting up Edge the right way to make sure your settings start off on the right foot.

Are you using Edge on a regular basis? Know of any other tricks that you’d like to share with us? Let us know in the comments below!

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  1. Anonymous
    May 26, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    Doing this, would it act as a work-around to allow Cortana to use Chrome for searches and the like, or is that option still denied by Microsoft?

    • Joel Lee
      May 27, 2016 at 1:55 am

      Cortana is at the OS level, which is deeper than Microsoft Edge, so I don't think so. :( If I'm wrong, hopefully a reader will correct me!