Windows 10 comes with a lot of improvements and enhancements. 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 to change it if you wish. There is no option in Windows 10 to use Google, Yahoo, Yandex, 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.
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 best option you have is to use the Search Deflector tool.
- Download and install SearchDeflector tool from Github
- Run Search Deflector tool
- Select the browser you want to be opened
- You can set any of your installed browsers
- Select the default search ending you’d like to set
- You can choose from Google, Startpage, Wikipedia, Github.
- Click Apply.
Now when you search for something using the search bar, you will be asked – How do you want to open this? Select Deflector and also check the Always use this app option. Click OK.
You are all set!
You have another option and that is to use Bing2Google extension for Chrome.
Download and install the Google Chrome browser on your version of Windows 10. Once done, set Chrome as the default web browser.
To do this, open the Settings app in Windows 10 and navigate to System. Scroll down to find the 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.
UPDATE: The Bing2Google extension no longer works.
TIP: You can make Cortana search with Google, Yahoo or DuckDuckGo in Windows 10 using Chrometana Chrome extension.