How to Change the Default Search Engine in Microsoft Edge

The decision to adopt Chromium for Microsoft Edge has largely paid off for the Redmond giant. From users to experts, everyone hailed the new Edge as a competitive alternative to Google Chrome. It offers better battery life, has a built-in anti-tracking system, and uses much less RAM than Chrome. Having said that, there are some fronts where Edge is unnecessarily opaque. For example, if you want to change the default search engine in Microsoft Edge, you have to go through a few hoops. That’s why we offer you a simple 3-step guide to change search engine from Bing to Google or any other. With that in mind, let’s move on to the steps.

Change Default Search Engine in Microsoft Edge

1. Microsoft has made it difficult for users to access the option to change the search engine. The menu from all places is populated under Privacy settings, unlike Chrome, where it is on the main page. Anyway, to quickly jump to the Search Engine settings page, copy the address below and open it in Edge.

edge://settings/search

2. Here, click on first dropdown menu and change it to Google or any other search engine of your choice.

How to Change the Default Search Engine in Microsoft Edge

3. But that’s not all. You should also Switch to “Address Bar” No matter what you have set as your default search engine, instead of Microsoft’s Search Box which naturally defaults to Bing. After doing that, search in new tabs will be moved to the address bar by default.

How to Change the Default Search Engine in Microsoft Edge

Switch from Bing to Google in Microsoft Edge

This is how you can change your search engine in Microsoft Edge’s new Chromium build. While we love what Microsoft has done lately, this particular approach from the Redmond giant is needlessly convoluted. Anyway, that’s it for us. If you have any problems changing the default search engine in Microsoft Edge, comment below and let us know. Also, while you’re here, you can check out our article on the best search engine.

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