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Set Google search as Default Search in Windows 10 taskbar search

The latest build of Windows 10 comes with a lot of improvements and enhancements. For instance, you find in Windows 10 a new Search Bar that is very much similar in function to the Windows 8 Search bar in the charms bar but resides on the taskbar. It even allows you to search in Windows, Web and new Cortana interface. But the problem that lies with it, is that this search option uses Bing Search as the default option, and does not allow you change it if you wish. There is no option in Windows 10 to use Yahoo, Yandex, Google or any other search as your default search to  search the web instead of Bing. In this post, we will see how to make Google the default search for your Taskbar Search box in Windows 10. The trick would be to set Chrome as your default web browser and use an extension to direct Bing queries to Google Search.

UPDATE: Microsoft changed something and it does not seem to work now.

Set Google as Default Search in Windows 10 taskbar search

If you are a Google Search user and would love to search the web right from the taskbar or Start using Google instead of Bing as your web search engine, follow the steps below to make Windows 10’s taskbar or start search box show web results using the Google search.

The first requirement here is to download and install Google Chrome browser on your version of Windows 10. Once done, set Chrome as the default web browser. To do this, open Settings app in Windows 10 and navigate to System.

Scroll down to find Default apps option. Chose Edge to reveal other options (Google Chrome) in this case and set it as default.

Now, open your Chrome browser. Go to the Chrome Web store and search for Bing2Google extension. Once found, install it. Bing2Google is an extension that redirects search queries from Bing Desktop to Google. This only works if Chrome is your default browser.

So now when you search using the taskbar, your default Chrome browser will open and the Bing search query will get redirected to Google.

The extension is available here.

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