How to get quick answers to Windows 10 questions with Bing

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Microsoft’s Bing Search engine has always been especially useful for Windows 10 users. It’s integrated in the tech giant’s Cortana virtual assistant as well as Microsoft Edge, so it’s no secret that anyone with Windows 10 has likely used it at least a couple of times to perform quick searches.

However, what might not be common knowledge is that Bing can be used as a way to get a quick answer if a user needs to perform an action in Windows 10 and might not know how. The results are a combination of hand written results provided by the Windows content team as well as other results obtained through machine learning, Microsoft told us. There are two easy ways to access Bing when a users has a question about their system.

The first method is though Windows search, located on the bottom left of the taskbar between the Windows and Timeline buttons. From there, just click or tap and type in your question. In our example, we asked “how to change the desktop colors” in Windows 10. The result is a quick, step by step guide on the Microsoft Help website on how to do just that.

A user who wants to change system colors, for example, can find the instructions quickly with Bing though Windows search.

Another way to get answers is by using Bing on Microsoft Edge. You can simple find an answer by opening Edge and typing your question in the URL form. This is especially useful when you have a more complicated answer, because sometimes the answer at the top isn’t always the most relevant. In our case, we asked it “how to delete user account in Windows 10” and instead got a result for how to close an entire Microsoft account. Luckily for you we here at On MSFT already have you covered as you can see our more relevant how to right below.

The first seach result isn’t always the most relevant, so its good there are always others down below.

Microsoft’s Bing is always improving, though. So what might not be the best result now might be so tomorrow. For now, its best for quick answers to simple questions, such as how to make a quick system change or perform a simple action. For more complex tasks, you might have to click the full article or find a more relevant third-party article.

It’s worth noting that these features are not entirely new, and have been a feature in Bing for a couple years now. However as Microsoft has spent this time refining the feature, it has come to our attention that its good enough for most basic tasks for users who need quick info about Windows 10.

What do you think about Microsoft Bing as a quick lookup tool for Windows 10? Feel free to share in the comment area below.