Set Google as Default Search in Microsoft Edge

You can set Google as the default search engine in Microsoft Edge. By default, it uses Bing as its default search engine, but this can be changed quickly using its options. In this article, we'll see how it can be done.

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Microsoft Edge is the new default browser in Windows 10, which comes as the replacement for Internet Explorer. It is a Universal app, built on top of a modern rendering engine which is fast and efficient. With every release of Windows 10, Edge is getting some improvements. It already got extensions, EPUB support and other nice features like tab previews and tabs aside.

To set Google as default search engine in Microsoft Edge, do the following.

  1. Open the Edge browser.Open Microsoft Edge
  2. In Edge, open Google.Open Google In Edge
  3. Click the three dots "..." menu button.Click Three Dots To Open Settings
  4. Click the Settings menu item. Settings will be opened:Edge Settings Opened
  5. Scroll down to Advanced Settings and click the button View Advanced Settings:Edge Advanced Settings ButtonEdge Advanced Settings Pane
  6. In Advanced settings, scroll down to the button named Change search engine.Edge Change Search Engine ButtonThe following pane will be opened:Edge Change Search Engine Pane
  7. There, click the line Google Search (discovered) and click Set as default.Edge Set Google As Default Search Engine

This way, you can add any desired search engine to Microsoft Edge. See the following screenshot:Google Set Default In Edge

The method Microsoft has implemented to change the default search engine is different from the one you might be used to in other popular browsers. In the current implementation, Edge requires too many clicks to change the default search engine, whereas in Chrome and Firefox, it can be done with very few clicks.

Microsoft is working actively on Edge and changes the browser with every feature update to Windows 10. Maybe the next version of the browser will have this option simplified or implemented in more useful way. It might also be a conscious decision to discourage users from switching to Google instead of Bing. Anyway, it works currently. You just need to visit the search engine's web page first and then configure Edge's options.

That's it.

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6 thoughts on “Set Google as Default Search in Microsoft Edge

  1. Connie Shiu

    I follow your instruction to change my computer default research engine to Google, why does the computer tell me that I cannot change my research engine.

    Also, why is my internet explorer not working. Is Microsoft trying to control my computer and invade my privacy?

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    1. Gil

      I feel the same way. I have followed all instructions and at the end, it DOES NOT provide a cleared button. Looks like Microsoft has set Bing as Default & doesn’t allow you to change it. The button is there butt it is already selected, and doesn’t allow a change. This is very wrong. Just tasking away our options.

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  2. Richard Sanchez

    I also cannot change my search engine away from Bing. This is so lame, I have to enter google in the address box to get a Google Search. I’m not going to use Bing. I will always avoid using it. I’m very annoyed that Microsoft Edge (which my company forced on me) is throwing crap News and Adds at me. I had to go into Setting and root around for a long time to turn off all the “News” This news junk it the worst kind of clickbait. Sensational bullshit and Bait and switch stories. Why is this crap part of software that we paid for.

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  3. Hauser

    Thank you, this works perfectly!

    Reply
  4. Kerry Pontrelli

    I do not see advanced settings so cannot follow your instructions

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