Microsoft Edge change default search to google featured

Microsoft Edge uses Bing as a default search engine. Luckily, changing the default search to Google, Yahoo, DuckDuckGo or any other search engine does not require a download from Microsoft.

Setting Google as the default search engine in Edge

The option to add the Google search engine is still a bit hidden. But if you know how it works setup is quick and easy.

Unlike Internet Explorer, Microsoft´s Edge browser now natively supports OpenSearch which is a collection of simple formats for the sharing of search results which has been developed by Amazon.com.

Google has just decided to support OpenSearch, so Microsoft Edge will be able to use it.

1. Adding Google or any other OpenSearch compatible search engine to Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge follows the OpenSearch 1.1 specification to discover and use web search providers. To add any OpenSearch compatible search engine to Microsoft Edge, you have to just visit the search engine´s homepage.

So, to change from Bing to Google as the default search in Edge, just visit Google.com.

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2. Activating Google as the default search engine in Edge Browser

Click the three dots in the upper right corner of Edge to Open the Settings. Then scroll down and click on Advanced Settings.

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In Advanced Settings, scroll down to Search in the address bar with and click on <Add new>.

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The Menu Add a search provider shows all search engines Microsoft Edge has automatically detected via OpenSearch.

Click Add to add it to the selection menu in Advanced Settings. With Add as default, you can directly replace Bing with Google search as the default search engine in Edge.

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