Change the default Microsoft Edge search provider to Google

Windows 10 includes a brand new Microsoft web browser called Edge. It is actually surprisingly fast and works with all the websites I normally use.

That said, it also has some really annoying issues. For one thing, it still doesn’t support add-ons or extensions, but soon. Another annoying problem is that Bing is the default when you perform any search in the address bar.

Now, normally, it wouldn’t be a major issue, as you can only easily switch search provider to Google or Yahoo, but Microsoft has made the process confusing on purpose, so keep using Bing.

Sorry Microsoft, but I prefer Google and will make sure I use them. Here’s how to change your Microsoft Edge search provider to Google or another search provider.

Step 1: Open Edge and click the button at the far right with three dots above it, then click Configuration at the bottom.

microsoft edge plus stock

Step 2: A side panel on the right will load and you will have to scroll down and click on it See advanced settings.

Advanced Microsoft Edge settings

Step 3: Scroll down until you see the file Search the address bar with and click Add new.

Microsoft Edge search provider

Now this is where Microsoft tried to be cunning. Most people will simply see the following screen where you can do absolutely nothing.

no search provider

Wow, there is no other search provider to add. Thanks Microsoft, I guess I will continue to use Bing. It’s okay! So the trick here is that you really have to go to the website of the search provider you want to add. First, click the address bar and go to www.google.com. Then follow steps 1 through 3 again and you will now see Google as an option to add.

add google to edge

Click it, and then click Add by default button. You will now see that Google is your default search engine for Edge.

google added to edge

This method is also how you would add Yahoo as your default search provider. Visit www.yahoo.com and then go to advanced settings. If you prefer to use a search engine like DuckDuckGo, visit www.duckduckgo.com and you’re done.

After playing around with it a bit, I saw that you can also add Wikipedia as your default search provider, so it was interesting. I haven’t tried it myself, but it should work for Ask, AOL, and other search providers as well. If you have any questions, feel free to post a comment. Enjoy it!

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