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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.

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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.

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.