How to Search the Internet with Microsoft Edge

By Andy Rathbone

To help you find things on the Internet, Microsoft Edge, a new browser that comes with Windows 10, lets you consult a search engine, a service that contains a vast index of Internet sites. To search for something, head for the Address bar — that space where you normally type in the address of the website you want to visit.

Instead, though, type your search term — exotic orchids, for example — directly into the Address bar and press Enter.

Microsoft Edge fires your search off to Bing, Microsoft’s own search engine, and spits out names of websites dealing in exotic orchids. Click a website’s name to drop by.

Don’t like Bing handling your search needs? You can change that search engine to Google or any other search engine you like.

Follow these steps to customize Microsoft Edge’s searches to your liking:

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  1. Click Microsoft Edge’s More icon (shown here) in Microsoft Edge’s top-right corner and choose Settings from the drop-down menu.

    The Settings pane appears.

  2. Click the View Advanced Settings button, click the downward-pointing arrow in the Search In the Address Bar drop-down menu, and choose or add your desired search engine.

    If you don’t see your desired search engine, click Add New to add it manually. Your change takes place immediately. To close the Settings pane, click anywhere on the page.

Microsoft Edge replaces Bing with your newly selected search provider. Changing the search engine in Microsoft Edge won’t change the search engine in Internet Explorer; the two browsers are completely separate from each other.