Change Search Engine In Microsoft Edge Chromium

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As of now, Microsoft is releasing daily updates to the Canary Channel of their newest Chromium-based Microsoft Edge app. The app allows changing the default search engine for the address bar, including the ability to set a custom search engine.

Unfortunately, there is no change log available for the Canary Channel of the browser. At the time of this writing, I have Microsoft Edge version installed on my computer.

From its very first releases, Bing was the only pre-installed search engine. With recent builds, Microsoft has added a few more search services, including Google and DuckDuckGo.

As you may already know, Microsoft Edge, the default web browser of Windows 10, is moving to a Chromium-compatible web engine in the Desktop version. Microsoft explains that the intention behind this move is to create better web compatibility for customers and less fragmentation for web developers. Microsoft has already made a number of contributions to the Chromium project, helping to port the project to Windows on ARM. The company promises to contribute more to the Chromium project.

The official preview builds of the Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser are available for Windows 10 only. The 'Beta' Channel build is missing as of now, but its badge hints that it is coming soon.

Microsoft has made a number of changes to the Chromium options by disabling and removing its certain services and features, including the search engine which is set to Bing by default. Here's how to change it.

To Change Search Engine In Microsoft Edge Chromium,

  1. Open the Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser.
  2. Click on the menu button with 3 dots.
  3. Select Settings from the menu.
  4. On the left, click on Privacy and services.
  5. On the right, click to Address bar.
  6. On the next page, select the desired search engine from the drop down list.

You are done.

If a search engine you need is not available in the list, you can add it manually.

To add a custom search engine to Microsoft Edge Chromium,

  1. Open Edge settings and go to Privacy and services > Address bar.
  2. On the next page, click on Manage search engines.
  3. On the next page, click on the Add button.
  4. In the Add search engine dialog, fill in the Search engine text box for the name of the search service you are going to add, e.g. Google.
  5. Type any keyword to be used for the search engine in the address bar, e.g. ggl.
  6. Finally, type the URL for the search engine. For Google it looks as follows:
  7. Click on the Add button to register your search engine in Microsoft Edge.

You are done. Now, let's see how to change the default search engine in the modern version of the Edge browser.

Change the default search engine in Microsoft Edge Chromium

  1. Open Edge settings and go to Privacy and services > Address bar.
  2. On the next page, click on Manage search engines.
  3. On the next page, click on the button with three dots next to the search engine name.
  4. Select Make default from the menu.

You are done!

You might be interested in learning more about the new Microsoft Edge browser. See the following articles.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

3 thoughts on “Change Search Engine In Microsoft Edge Chromium”

  1. Now in the latest versions you find ALL search services directly…. you have only to scroll all list and find GOOGLE and work perfectly.

  2. I’m afraid that does not change the fact that “New Tab” will automatically open with BING as a search bar inside the new tab, but if you do type in the search bar of the new type, search results will bring you to google if you set google as default. It just doesn’t fully make BING disappear.

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