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There are many valid reasons to use Microsoft Edge 10 Reasons You Should Be Using Microsoft Edge Now 10 Reasons You Should Be Using Microsoft Edge Now Microsoft Edge marks a complete break from the Internet Explorer brand name, killing off a 20-year-old family tree in the process. Here's why you should be using it. Read More , 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 5 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Switch to Microsoft Edge Yet 5 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Switch to Microsoft Edge Yet Is Microsoft Edge worth using while Chrome, Firefox, and Opera are still around? Is Edge good enough to be your primary browser? Read More — 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 11 Advanced Searches To Bookmark To Become A Google Power User 11 Advanced Searches To Bookmark To Become A Google Power User Turn yourself into a true Google power user with these 11 advanced searches and pro tips. This will make sure you never have to recall these searches and yet will always have them at your fingertips. Read More for greater productivity when browsing the web.

Again, this is only one of many reasons why Edge isn’t the best browser right now Which Browser Is Best? Edge vs. Chrome vs. Opera vs. Firefox Which Browser Is Best? Edge vs. Chrome vs. Opera vs. Firefox The browser you're using right now may not be the best one for you. The browser arena changes so frequently that your conclusions from comparisons made last year may be completely wrong this year. Read More . However, if you want to use Edge, don’t let us stop you! Consult our guide to setting up Edge the right way How to Set Up Microsoft Edge, the Default Browser in Windows 10 How to Set Up Microsoft Edge, the Default Browser in Windows 10 Microsoft's new Internet browser Edge made its first appearance in Windows 10 Insider Preview. It's still rough around the edges, but sleek and fast. We show you how to migrate and set it up. Read More 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!

  1. Peter Fitzsimmons
    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!

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