Windows 10’s Cortana is a very easy way to quickly search the web, but you may not appreciate that Microsoft’s digital assistant defaults to Bing—and there’s no built-in way to get Cortana to switch to Google instead.
Since the Cortana has been provided the lack of multi-search engine integration makes a certain amount of sense. That works out fine for tracking flights, solving math problems, and giving you weather reports. But when it comes to simply displaying search results, many people make use of Google.
Fortunately, there are a few solutions that can redirect your Cortana web searches from Bing to Google but you can only use this with Chrome or Firefox. That means if you are a user of Microsoft Edge, Opera, or Internet Explorer you’ll have to make due with Bing or switch your default browser.
If you’re not big on Google, these solutions also work with other search engines, such as DuckDuckGo and Yahoo.
Firefox is the easiest as it has the ability to switch your Cortana search engine automatically and without any third-party add-ons.
All you need to do is to make the latest version of Firefox your default browser.
Once you’ve made Firefox your default browser, try searching with Cortana. You’ll find out that Firefox displays your search results using the browser’s default search engine. If you’ve never used Firefox before that means your Cortana searches will show results from Yahoo. Switching to Google, however, is really easy.
Launch Firefox and click on the magnifying glass icon in the search bar. Then a drop down menu would show where you can select Change Search Settings. In the tab that opens, click the drop down menu under Default Search Engine and select Google.
Now whenever you launch a search using Cortana you’ll get results in Google instead of Bing.
Chrome won’t natively redirect your Cortana searches in Firefox-like fashion, but there is a third-party extension that offers the same effect: Chrometana.
When you are done installing Chrometana from the Chrome Web Store, type chrome://extensions into the address bar. Scroll down, you would see Chrometana and click Options. A new page will open, allowing you to choose Google, DuckDuckGo, or Yahoo as your preferred search engine for Cortana.
Click the search engine you want, close the tab, and then do a search via Cortana. Just as before, the results will open up in Google instead of Bing. You are done!