If you’d prefer utilise Google for your Windows 11 searches, we can guide you through the process of changing search engines.

Although Google accounts for more than 93 percent of all online searches in the United States, Windows 11 defaults to Microsoft’s Bing search engine. If you like the results provided by Google’s search engine, you may easily choose it as your default search engine. We’ll demonstrate how.

However, you cannot specify a default search engine for all browsers on Windows 11. It’s simple to configure for any one of them, including Chrome, Firefox, and Edge. And if you want to search using Yahoo or DuckDuckGo — or even Amazon or eBay if your searches are for products you want to buy — you can do so as well.

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Here’s how to change Windows 11’s default search engine. For more information on Microsoft’s new operating system, see what has changed since Windows 10, what we wish had been included, and how you can download it.

Microsoft Edge: How to change the default search engine

Windows 11’s default browser is Edge. Here’s how to change Microsoft’s browser’s default search engine.

1. In Edge, from the “Settings and more” menu up in the top-right corner, choose Settings.

2. On the left, choose Privacy, search and services.

3. Scroll down, and near the bottom in the Services section, choose Address bar and search.

4. In the drop-down menu to the right of the “Search engine used in address bar,” choose the search engine you want to use.

5. If you don’t find the search engine you’re looking for in the list, choose Manage search engines and then tap the Add button in the upper-right corner to add the one you want.

Google Chrome: How to change the default search engine 

Of course, Edge is not required on Windows 11. (if you want to change to another browser, we cover that below). Here’s how to change the Google web browser’s default search engine.

1. In Chrome, from the “Customize and control” menu in the top-right corner, choose Settings.

2. Over on the left, choose Search engine

3. In the Search engine section, use the drop-down menu to the right of “Search engine used in the address bar” to set your default search engine.

4. You can manage the search engines Chrome uses in the section right below, in Manage search engines.

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Firefox: How to change the default search engine

If you’re in the Firefox browser camp, here’s how to change the default search engine in Windows 11.

1. In Firefox, from the Open Application menu in the top-right corner, choose Settings.

2. Over in the left-hand column, choose Search.

3. In the Default Search Engine section, from the drop-down menu, select your default search engine.

4. If you don’t see the search engine you want to use, scroll down to the bottom of the page, tap Find more search engines and search for the service you want to use.

How to set a web browser other than Edge as your default browser

Maybe you don’t simply wish to switch search engines, but also web browsers. Edge is the default browser in Windows 11. The simplest approach to make another browser your default on Windows 11 is when you install it and are requested to do so. But if you didn’t do it, don’t worry, here’s how.

Note, that this will require a few steps.

1. Open Settings, and over on the left tap Apps.

2. Now tap Default apps, and scroll down to the browser you want to set as your default, Google Chrome, say.

3. In each setting listed — .html, for example, or .pdf — tap the default file type or link type and select the browser you want to use with that type. You may see several dozen file types, but probably can get away with setting the first 10 with your browser of choice. You can also go back and adjust other settings.