Microsoft allows Microsoft Edge users to change the default search engine from Bing to another one of their choice, including custom search engines.
When switching search engines, users can select from a variety of pre-configured search engines such as Bing, Yahoo, Google, DuckDuckGo, and Ecosia or create their own.
This article will explain how to switch the search engine for the address bar to a pre-configured one or a custom one that you create.
How to switch the Edge address bar search to another search engine
If you do not wish to use Bing as the default search engine for address bar searches, you can change to another search engine following these steps:
- When in Microsoft Edge, go to Settings > Privacy and services > Address Bar.
- In the drop-down menu labeled “Search engine used in the address bar”, select the search engine you wish to use.
- You can now close the settings tab.
After making the change, when you search from the Edge address bar the newly selected search engine will be used instead of Bing.
Manage existing or create new search engines
If a search engine that you wish to use does not exist, you can also create custom search engines to be used as the default address bar search or for using tagged searches, which we will describe below.
To create a custom search engine in Edge, follow these steps:
- When in Microsoft Edge, go to Settings > Privacy and services > Address Bar > Manage Search Engines.
- You will now be at a page showing all of the configured search engines in Microsoft Edge.
Each search engine consists of a name, a keyword that can be used in the address bar to use that search engine, and the URL that will be used to perform a search.
- To add a custom search engine, click on the Add button and you will be shown a form asking for various information.
The Search Engine field is simply the name that will be shown when selecting a search engine, the Keyword field is used to perform searches with the engine from the address bar, and the URL is the page on the site that will return the search results.
When entering the URL to use for the search query, the variable that accepts the searched-for keyword should be replaced with a %s as shown above.
- When done, click on the Save button and the new search engine will be created and can be used in the address bar or selected as the default search engine in Bing.
Using keywords to search using custom search engines
As seen above, when we made a custom search engine, we entered the keyword ‘bleepingcomputer’ that can be used for tagged searches from the address bar.
For example, even if the default search engine used for address bar searches is set to Bing, we can still search from any other configured search engine by using its keyword.
To do this, we type the assigned keyword in the address bar and then press the Tab key on the keyboard to search directly in that search engine.
The other pre-configured search engine keywords that can be used are bing.com, google.com, yahoo.com, duduckgo.com, and ecosia.org. These keywords can be changed in the ‘Manage Search Engines’ screen.