Microsoft Edge replaced Internet Explorer as a default browser in Windows after nearly two decades. The new browser brought some new interesting features, but in 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 full version of Windows 10 is now released, and it brought a lot of changes to the system and its 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 by Chrome according to some tests.
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
- 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.