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How to Change the Default Search Engine on Microsoft Chromium Edge

Microsoft uses its own Bing search engine as the default search engine for its new Chromium-based Edge browser. But you can change it to something else if you want.

Microsoft is building a new Edge browser that is based on Google’s Open Source Chromium code. It’s an all-new redesigned Edge browser that will be shipping by default with Windows 10 later this year. If you’re an early adopter or just want to test out what’s coming, check out our article on how to install the new Chromium-based Edge on Windows 10.

And as you’d expect, the default search engine for the new Edge (and the old Edge for that matter) is Microsoft’s own Bing. However, if you would rather set it to Google or other privacy orientated engine like Duck Duck Go, you can. Here is a look at how to do just that using the new Chromium Edge.

Change Default Search Engine on Chromium Edge

Similar to hiding the Favorites bar, there are a couple of ways you can change the default search engine on the new Chromium-based Edge. Launch the browser and click the Options button (three dots) in the upper-right corner and choose Settings.

Chromium Edge Settings

Next, head to Settings > Privacy and services and scroll down and select “Address bar” in the right panel.

2 Chromium Edge Privacy and services

On the following page, choose the search engine you want to make default from the drop-down menu next to “Search engine used in the address bar”. Note that here you can also turn off the option to show site suggestions while typing your search query.

3 Chromium Edge Choose Default Search Engine

That’s it. Now any time you do a search query from the address bar in Chromium Edge, it will direct you to your engine of choice. Instead of Microsoft’s Bing. In the example below I changed the default to Duck Duck Go.

4 Duck Duck Go Default Search Engine Chromium Edge

Add a Search Engine

If your search engine of choice doesn’t appear on the list, you can add it manually. Just under the dropdown list you can select “Manage search engines” and on the following page click the “Add” button.

Then add the search engine name for the Search engine and Keyword fields. For the URL you need to enter the search engine string, too. For example, in the example below I added WolframAlpha with the path for the query being: https://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=%s Each engine uses a different string. For example, Duck Duck Go would be: https://duckduckgo.com/?q=%s so just make sure to check with the engine you’re adding.

If you’re just getting started with the new Chromium-based Edge, make sure to check out some of our other coverage on using the new browser. We have written about topics like using web apps and how to install Chrome extensions on Chromium Edge.

While the new browser is still in developer mode, anyone can install it and overall it works well. It doesn’t replace your current default browsers. It is itis own standalone install – like installing a second browser such as Firefox. Later this year it will also be available for Windows 8.1, Windows 7, and macOS.


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