Make Cortana search with Google, Yahoo, DuckDuckGo in Windows 10

Cortana, Microsoft’s built-in personal assistant in Windows 10, is powered by Bing. As such, whenever a user enters a query Cortana doesn’t immediately know the answer to, it opens up your default browser and display a list of results sourced from Microsoft’s own search engine Bing.

We have seen how you can set Google search as Default Search in Windows 10 taskbar search using Bing2Google extension for Chrome. Today, we will see how to make Cortana Search with Google, Yahoo or DuckDuckGo using Chrometana extension for Chrome browser.

Chrometana, is a simple Google Chrome extension that allows all Bing search requests from a user to be redirected to a search engine of his choice.

Currently, the extension supports:

  1. Google
  2. Yahoo
  3. DuckDuckGo

All you need to do is add the extension to Chrome. Thereafter, Chrometana will enable you to pick your preferred search engine from any of the above and will redirect for all Bing searches, even Cortana ones! Here, it is essential, you set Chrome as your default browser for this to work properly.

Once you’ve done that, you’re ready to go. Type a query into the Cortana search box on the desktop and watch your answer from Google or your favorite search engine pop up in Chrome.

Chrometana search

In order for Chrometana to work when Chrome is closed or shut down, you must have background apps enabled. If you have disabled background apps, you can re-enable by doing the following:

  1. Access Chrome Settings
  2. Click “Show Advanced Settings”
  3. Scroll down to System
  4. Check “Continue running background apps when Google Chrome is closed”.

Go get Chrometana from the Chrome Store if you plan to make the change.

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The author Hemant Saxena is a post-graduate in bio-technology and has an immense interest in following Windows, Office and other technology developments. Quiet by nature, he is an avid Lacrosse player. Creating a System Restore Point first before installing a new software, and being careful about any third-party offers while installing freeware is recommended.

6 Comments

  1. Vexen1975

    Hi, I did this over the weekend, installing Chrometana etc. and everything worked fine except that Cortana stopped talking to me unless I specifically asked her/it to say something, for example ‘Cortana, what’s my name?’ So I have now reset everything back to the way it was, not that I really use voice search much, was just playing around with it. Good day to you all.

  2. Ilya Geller

    Cortana searches on Internet.

    However, being structured information, advertisements search for people by themselves, based on their profiles of structured data. The ads find only the profiles that correlate them by meaning, sense: the people receive only what they really want to see, read, what they need – and no spam anymore!

    Indeed, the structuring means that all the information’s, ads’ patterns are extracted and weighted according to their importance; correlations between information and personal profiles is calculated.

    The structuring of information, ads make the search on Internet obsolete: no queries anymore.

    If there is no queries – no spying, people finally get their privacy on Internet back.

  3. liamdools

    Is there a version of this that doesn’t require Chrome? I use Edge as my main browser.

  4. PapaRimsky

    Now, how do I make Cortana open Google in my Firefox?

  5. PapaRimsky

    could you say the same thing in a couple sentences? I did not get it.

  6. Ilya Geller

    Read ‘Amazon adds screen to smart speaker with Echo Show’ at Financial Times, MAY 9, 2017? Amazon began its own private database. In it ads may search for us. Amazon may target ads on us based on our profiles, which are/ can be our property. If Amazon won’t – somebody else soon does it.
    These profiles are structured patterns, sets of weighted synonymous phrases.

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