Search engines are websites which are created to search for information on other web pages. The results are generally shown in the form of one-line data. The webpages generated in this manner are known as Search Engine Result Pages (SERPs). These are some of the most powerful websites created. With millions of webpages available, searching for the information needed can be nearly impossible for a user. By searching all the webpages present on the internet, the required information is presented to the user. The webpages located by this process may be shown according to relevance. The user can also search only for videos or images, per their requirements.
The most common search engines are Google, Yahoo, Bing etc. The working of any search engine can be divided into three major steps. Namely, these are crawling, indexing and retrieval. The process of crawling is used to discover data by navigating to various webpages. These are then stored in large databases with specific labels by the process of indexing. When the user sends a request or a query, the data is located in the database and provided to the user. This process is known as retrieval.
Certain information databases are maintained by humans. These are known as web directories. In case of directories created by the search engine itself, crawlers are run continuously. Thus, the algorithms that are built-in into the systems gather and sort data continuously. Hence, even web pages which have been uploaded recently are added to the index. This allows the user immediate access to information, even when the information has just been shared.
Microsoft Edge is a web browser developed by Windows. It is the default browser for all systems that run Windows 10. It’s code-name was Spartan. It replaced the classic Internet Explorer. This lightweight web browser has a particular layout engine. This engine displays data according to the usual formats followed on web pages. This makes information easier to read and access. Additionally, the web browser introduces a lot of new features. In order to make sure backwards compatibility, initially, the Trident layout engine was to be used. However, Windows then released a new layout engine, which was designed specifically for Microsoft Edge.
With Windows 10, the new web browser Microsoft Edge was released. Elegant, innovative and powerful, it is already considered to be one of the best web browsers now available. Apart from performing the common functions of web browsers (as seen in Chrome or Firefox), this browser allows you to make notes or highlights on webpages for future reference. However, its default search engine, as expected, is Bing.
Bing is the search engine that was created by the developers of Windows. It is simple, powerful, but is relatively new to the system. Although Bing does serve the required purpose, most people prefer Google or Yahoo as their search engine. This is because of the familiar interface and easy usage provided by these websites. If required, the default search engine can be changed according to the user’s preference. The method to carry out this task is described in the article below.
How to Change Default Search Engine to Google in Microsoft Edge
- Open Microsoft Edge.
- In the URL bar, enter google.com (Or the URL of the search engine you wish to use by default)
NOTE: Google is considered a standard search engine. Hence, it is automatically detected and categorized as a search engine by Edge. For other search engines, this categorization may have to be done manually. Edge automatically identifies search engines which support OpenSearch. Thus, websites like Google are identified without any setting. In case the search engine does not support OpenSearch, then it must be identified manually by the user.
- Click on the Menu at the top right corner to open it. (It appears as three dots, aligned horizontally)
- Open Settings and click on View advanced settings.
- In the Advanced Settings page, scroll until you find the ‘Search in address bar with’ option.
- Under this option, click on the button Change.
- Then, the ‘Change search engine’ pane will open. This can be used to change the search engine.
- Next, from the list of search engines shown, select Google. (Or whichever search engine you wish to set as default)
- Then, click on the Set as default
Google is now set as your default search engines. All searches will be launched or run using Google. Other search engines can be set in a similar way. To remove any search engine, return to the Change search engine pane, select the search engine, and click on Remove.
Every Internet user has used several search engines and has certain preferences. Thus, to cater to these references, it is important that the users are able to decide which particular search engine they wish to use for their work. Although all web browsers have default search engines, they allow the user to change the settings.