How to Make Google or DuckDuckGo the Default Search Engine in Microsoft Edge

Khamosh Pathak

Windows 10 has a new browser. It’s called Edge and so far, it’s doing surprisingly well. Other than the logo, it doesn’t have much common with what has now become an internet meme – Internet Explorer. The browser’s written from the ground up and opens web pages just as well as Chrome does. Other than the fact that it doesn’t support extensions yet, it’s fine for casual use (power users, though, should stay away).

Google Search
So long, Bing!

But this is Microsoft’s default browser and it’s bound to have some peculiar quirks. Things that normally don’t make sense but to Microsoft they somehow do. And Edge is laden with these. From trying to switch to Chrome as a default browser or switching the search engine right within Edge. Plus, in Edge’s new UI, in an effort to simplify things, MS has hidden many settings under an extra layer of engagement. Not helpful.

So the default search engine in Edge, as you would expect in a Windows browser, is Bing. Which, on its own, that’s not so bad. But it’s not really easy to switch to Google. If you’re already tired of Bing search, and want to switch to Google, or my personal favorite, DuckDuckGo, read on.

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How to Switch Default Search Engine in Edge

So the way this works is, when you visit any site that is compliant to the search protocols in Edge, it gets saved. So to add the search engine, you’ll first need to visit the site. So go to Edge’s URL bar and either type www.google.com or www.duckduckgo.com.

Google or DuckDuckGo

Step 1: Ok, now, click the three-dotted-menu button in the top-right corner.

click settings

Step 2: Now select Settings.

Step 3: Click View Advanced Settings.

click advanced settings

Step 4: In Search in Address Bar with, select the drop-down menu and click on Add New. Sidenote: I’ve already added the search engine once, which is why they’re showing up in the drop-down list. For you, this will be empty.

add new search engine

Step 5: Now, from the next screen, select all the search engines you want as an option. I went with both Google and DuckDuckGo. Here you have an option to directly make the search engine the default by clicking Add as default after selecting the search engine. You can also add it to the list as one of the search providers by simply clicking Add. The Remove option will, of course, delete the search engine from the list.

add google as default

Ok, now we’re all done.

If in future you want to change a search engine, select one from the drop-down menu.

What’s Your Favorite Search Engine?

While we’re all fans of Google, I’m currently using DuckDuckGo. And if you’re a geek, you should consider it as well. Yes, they have a superior privacy policy. But better than that they have !bangs. These are search modifiers that let you quickly search within websites or perform site searches in DuckDuckGo itself. So if you’re looking for an iOS app, type “!appstore app name” and DDG will only show results from the App Store. It’s that easy and there are thousands of bangs available for all major websites.

Seriously, try it out and let me know how it goes in the forums section.

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