Microsoft’s new Chromium-based Edge browser introduces an interface which will be completely new to current Edge users. Most settings from the current EdgeHTML-powered browser are still present, albeit buried under different menus. In this guide, we’ll show you how to set your default search engine using Edge Dev.
The default search engine will be used when you type into the address bar or the search box on the new tab page. As may be expected of a Microsoft browser, you’ll find it’s set to Bing on new installations.
To change this to a search engine of your choice, open Edge Dev and click the three dots menu icon (“…”) in the top-right of the interface. In the menu which appears, click “Settings.”
The Settings homepage will appear. From the navigation menu at the side, click the “Privacy and services” link. Now, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the “Address bar” link under “Services.”
This page gives you the option of changing the default search engine. From the “Search engine used in the address bar” dropdown menu, select the search engine which you’d like to use. A selection of popular options, including Google, Yahoo and DuckDuckGo, are included by default.
If your usual search engine isn’t listed, you can use the “Manage search engines” link to add it yourself. On the screen which appears, click the “Add” button and fill in the search engine name, shortcut keyword and query template to register the new option. You’ll then be able to select it as the default option for use in the address bar.
The “Manage search engines” screen also lets you edit and remove your installed search engines – click the “…” button next to any item in the list and select the relevant action from the menu which appears.