The fact that Windows 10 doesn't provide any built-in option to change default search engine of Cortana led many people into thinking that the intelligent personal assistant works exclusively with Bing. Fortunately, there’s a simple workaround that will allow users to change this setting. Here are the instructions on how to change the default search engine of Cortana and Windows Search.
How To Change Windows 10's Default Search Engine
- Download and install Google Chrome
- Set Google Chrome or Firefox as your default web browser.
Set Your Default Web Browser
Open the Start
menu and head to Settings
> Default apps
> Web browser
Choose your default web browser from the list (Firefox
or Google Chrome
Change Cortana's Default Search Engine with Firefox
, click on the Menu
button > Options
. Go to the Search
section and select your default search engine (e.g. Google). Tick the Use this search engine for searches from Windows
checkbox and close the Options
That's it; Cortana
will now share the same search settings.
Change Cortana's Default Search Engine with Google Chrome
Open Google Chrome
and get the Bing2google
extension from the Chrome Webstore. Once installed, all the web searches made with Cortana or Windows Search will be redirected to Google
If you would like to use a search engine other than Google
, get the Chrometana
extension instead. It will allow you to set up and use the search engine of your selection.