Microsoft Edge replaced Internet Explorer as a default browser in Windows 10 after nearly two decades. The new browser brought some new interesting features, but in the testing versions of Microsoft Edge, you weren’t able to change the default search engine, as you were forced to use Bing.
This was the case in early versions of Microsoft Edge, in earlier builds of Windows 10 Technical Preview. Of course, it is completely logical move for Microsoft to promote its very own search engine in its newest browser, which had a potential to be better and more popular than IE even at its early stages.
But now the full version of Windows 10 is available, and it brought a lot of changes to the system, as well as new features since the introduction of Windows Insider program. One of the things that evolved the most is Microsoft Edge (known as Project Spartan, when Microsoft first introduced it). It went from an unstable, buggy browser, to a reliable browser, that is faster than Chrome according to some tests.
Steps to switch to another search engine in Microsoft Edge
One of the improvements of Edge browser is the ability to change the default search engine, so you no longer have to use Bing for your web searches. So, to change your default search engine in Edge, follow these steps:
- In the Edge browser, go to google.com (assuming you want to set Google as your default search engine, however if you want to set other search engine, just go to another site)
- Click the three dots button in the right upper corner to open the menu
- Go down to the bottom and click View Advanced Settings
- Scroll to Search in the address bar with, click on it and select Add New. Depending on your OS and browser version, you may need to click directly on the option Change search engine, as shown in the screenshot below.
- Click on Google and select Add as default
And there you go, you changed your default search engine from Bing to (probably) Google.
If you want to find out more about Windows 10 and its features, check out our Windows 10 hub.
Use a private search engine
Now, if privacy is one of your main concerns when you’re online, you can also switch to a user privacy-friendly search engine. A few examples of these tools include: DuckDuckGo, which is probably the most popular private search engine, Lukol, WolframAlpha and more. The steps to follow in order to add these search engines to Edge are the same.
If you’re interested in learning more about how to protect your online privacy, you can check out the guides below:
- Your ISP can sell your browsing history: Here’s how to protect your privacy
- DuckDuckGo founder answers user questions about online privacy
- Best Privacy Protection Software for Windows 10
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in July, 2015 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.Editor's Note: This article was originally published in July 2015 and was revamped and updated in February 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.