How to change the default search engine in Microsoft Edge

Not a fan of Microsoft Bing? Here's how you can use any search engine you want as the default in Microsoft's Edge browser.

Screenshot of search results in DuckDuckGo inside Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge has become a very solid browser ever since Microsoft transitioned to using the Chromium project as a base, and that means Windows 11 comes with a great browser right out of the box. It no longer has to be the browser you only use to download Google Chrome or whatever your favorite browser may be. It's also a one of the best browsers you can get on Android. However, Edge does have one flaw that many users won't like - by default, it uses Bing as its search engine.

Bing isn't terrible, but most users will no doubt prefer Google, or maybe a more privacy-oriented search engine like DuckDuckGo. How good it is can also depend on where you are, and Google is more consistently good in different parts of the world, while Bing is more heavily focused on a few key regions. Whatever your reason is, we're going to show you how to change the default search engine in Microsoft Edge.

How to change the search engine in Microsoft Edge

Changing the default search engine in Edge isn't a terribly complicated process, but there are some things you may not know. Here's what you need to do:

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge on your PC
  2. Click the menu button (the three dots) near the top right corner of the window, then choose Settings near the bottom of the list.
    Screenshot of Microsoft Edge with the menu open showing the Settings option highlighted
  3. In the settings page, choose Privacy, search, and services from the sidebar.
  4. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the Address bar and search option, then click it.
    Screenshot of Microsoft Edge settings with address bar and search settings highlighted
  5. Here, you'll see an option that reads Search engine used in the address bar. Open the dropdown list and choose the search engine from the list.
    The options listed here are based on the search engines you've visited. You may need to open your preferred search engine before it shows up on this page.

    Screenshot of choosing a default search engine for the address bar in Microsoft Edge
  6. Here's an important part you might miss: Below the option we just mentioned, there's an option called Search on new tabs uses search box or address bar. If it isn't already, you're going to want to change this option to Address bar. If you don't, searching from the new tab page will still take you to Bing.
    Screenshot of search engine settings in Microsoft Edge showing the option to choose whether new tab pages should use the address bar search engine or the one inside the page itself
  7. You can now close the settings page, since changes are saved automatically.

That should be all you need to know about choosing a default search engine in Microsoft Edge. But what if the search engine you want to use isn't listed? As we've mentioned above, whenever you use a website that serves as a search engine, Edge will automatically register it as a search engine option. If you want to add a specific search engine to the list, the easiest way is to simply visit that search engine and perform any search with it. Edge should automatically register it.

Microsoft Edge does give you the option to add a search engine manually, which you can access using the Manage search engines option on the page we mentioned above. However, you can't use that search engine as your default until you've actually used it. It's easier to just do that in the first place.

As you can see, it's not a very complicated process, but there are some things you might not know right away. Specifically, having to set the new tab search to use the address bar instead of the search box is something not everyone will think of.

One thing to note is that you won't be able to change the search engine that's used when you perform a search using the Windows search bar. This is locked to using Bing, and the only way to try and fix that is to use a third-party app like MSEdgeRedirect. If you don't want to use Microsoft Edge at all, you may also want to check out our guide on how to change your default browser in Windows 11.