While Microsoft has decoupled Cortana from Windows Search, but if you type anything in the Start menu, it will still use Bing Microsoft’s native search engine. Bing, as we know it, is nowhere to Google Search results. So in this post, we will share how you can ditch Bing for Google on Windows 10 Start Menu Search.
Cortana on Windows 10 used to do a plethora of things like searching your files, managing calendar appointments, track packages, track flights, tell you jokes, sing songs, and much more. However, Microsoft has not reduced it a standard assistant thing that nobody will use. For those who do not know, Apple’s Siri is also powered by Microsoft Bing. Even though Bing powers these personal assistants, many still prefer Google for their web searches.
How to use Google on Windows 10 Start Menu Search instead of Bing
The trick is to redirect any query that is sent to Bing to Google. So anything you search in Windows 10 Start Menu will open in the default browser. Still, the query will be redirected to Google instead of Bing. Now that Microsoft Edge is based on Chromium, it will work with Edge too. So changing the default browser is not necessary.
1] Settings Firefox or Chrome as Default Browser
You can do this by going to Settings> System> Default apps> Go to Web browser> Choose Firefox or Chrome or Chrome
2] Configuring Google as a Search Engine in Firefox
If you are using Firefox, we can set up the redirection without any addons. Its because Firefox allows redirection. In Firefox, click on the Hamburger Menu> Options> Search.
- A drop-down menu appears where you can select Change Search Settings.
- Under Default Search Engine, select Google.
3] Setting up Chrome and Edge Chromium with Windows 10 Search
Chrome won’t re-direct your Cortana searches like in Firefox. Still, there is a third-party extension that offers the same—Chrometana.
- Set Chrome or Edge as your default browser.
- Install Chrometana from the Chrome Web Store.
- Type chrome://extensions in the address bar. Or click on the Hamburger Menu> Settings> Extensions.
- Scroll down until you find Chrometana, and click Options.
- A new window will open up, allowing you to choose your preferred search engine for Cortana. It can be either Google, Yahoo, or DuckDuckGo.
- Choose your preferred search engine and close the browser.
Now, if you type anything in Windows 10 Start Menu, it will open in the default browser, and then redirect to Google. I hope the post was easy to understand, and you were able to use Google as the search engine instead of Chrome when searching using the Windows 10 Start menu.
excellent post, thanks for sharing this trick. Bing is great and whatnot but for those living outside USA is simply useless.
Glad you liked it!