Whether you use the Hey Cortana feature or manually type in a search inquiry, it defaults to Microsoft Edge and Bing. If you’ve set your default browser to Chrome or something else, here’s a look at how to make Cortana use it.
We previously covered how to make Cortana search Google instead of Bing using the Chrometana extension. With the help of a light Open Source app called EdgeDeflector, you can redirect Cortana to use your default browser instead of Edge.
Assuming you don’t want to use Edge as the default web browser in Windows 10, the first thing to do is change it to something else like Chrome or Firefox. You can do that by heading to Settings > System > Default apps. For more on that read our article on how to change the default browser in Windows 10.
Make Cortana Use Your Default Browser
- Download EdgeDeflector to your local drive and run it once. It’s very lightweight and you won’t get an install wizard, just a see the hourglass icon display for a second.
- Now when you use Cortana for your next web search, you’ll get a dialog box asking how you want to open the results. Select EdgeDeflector and make sure the box is checked to use always use it.
- There you go! The search results will open up in whatever you have set as your default browser. In my case, it’s Google Chrome.
As the EdgeDeflector developer notes, you might need to take a couple of extra steps to get this to work. I installed this on a laptop running Windows 10 Creators Update and it worked without a hitch.
However, when I installed it on my main desktop production machine running Windows 10 Anniversary Update (Version 1607) I had to restart it for it to work. So, just keep in mind your mileage may vary.
Do you use Microsoft Edge as the default browser in Windows 10 or have you set something else as the default? Leave a comment below and let us know.