Google is the default search engine par excellence and the most used on the Web. It receives hundreds of millions of searches every day. With all this, it is normal that when you open your favorite browser you want the first page to open to be the Google page. Although you may also want the search bar to be Google’s. In this article we explain how to enable it as default.
In other articles we show you how to install Google Chrome on Windows. If Google is not your default search engine, it may be because have you installed any application like antivirus or another different application and you have inadvertently given it to set another browser as default. This is somewhat inconvenient because we don’t expect these unexpected changes when we install an application, we do so with confidence.
Keeping Bing as your default search engine offers an improved search experience in the new Microsoft Edge, including direct links to Windows 10 apps, relevant suggestions from your organization if you’re signed in with a work or school account, and instant answers to questions on Windows 10. However, you can change the default search engine Microsoft Edge to any site that uses OpenSearch technology.
In Microsoft Edge, perform a search in the address bar using the search engine that you want to set as your default. Select “Settings and more”, “Settings”. Select “Privacy and services”. Scroll down to the Services section and select “Address Bar.” Choose the search engine you prefer in the Search engine menu used in the address bar menu.
To add a different search engine, perform a search in the address bar using that search engine (or a search-enabled website, such as a wiki site). Go to “Settings and more”, “Settings”, “Privacy and services” and “Address bar”. The engine or website you used for the search will now appear in the list of options you can select. However, these guidelines are for the new Microsoft Edge, for the legacy version of Microsoft Edge you will have to seek help on the web.
Open Google Chrome and select the three vertical points next to your profile picture and select “Settings.” Scroll down to the Search engine section and choose another option from the drop-down list under Search engine used in address bar. To add, edit, or remove other search engines from the list, select the “Manage Search Engines” arrow below the default list of search engines. To add a new search engine select the “Add” button and fill in the Search Engine, Keyword and URL fields with %s in place of the query.
To add a search engine to the default list, click on “Other search engines”, select the three dots next to the one you want to add and then select “Set as default”. To edit or remove a search engine select the three dots next to the one you want to edit or remove and then choose “Edit” or “Remove from list”. Being Google Chrome you won’t be able to remove Google from the list.
Open Firefox and select the three vertical lines next to the profile picture and choose Options. Select Search, and then choose another option from the dropdown below Default Search Engine. To add a new search engine, select the Find more search engines option at the bottom of the Search page. Search for the search engine or find it in the list, select the option, and then Add to Firefox. For remove a search engineselect the one you want to remove from the list in the One-Click Search Engines option, and then select the Remove button.
Other search engines
We may prefer to get a different search results or order than Google. Then it’s time to choose other search engines like DuckDuckGo. The main advantage of DuckDuckGo is the privacy with which users can browse the Internet. DDG does not save personal information while you are browsing. That is, it does not store data through any type of cookies. Google knows your information about habits and tastes, location, language, etc.
Another option is Opera, which boasts four main benefits over other browsers: it’s fast and ad-free, it’s a private browser that reduces tracking and surf with free surf VPNit is efficient and has all kinds of useful tools that make its handling comfortable and very practical.
So far we have brought you some ways to set Google as your default search engine. Most users prefer it for its speed and fine-tuned search engine. Even though you always have the option to use the one you prefer. What is clear is that from any browser you have the option to configure the search engine of your choice.