Stop Cortana from Using Bing as the default Search engine


Since its inception Bing has not been a very popular search engine and is not able to compete with Google. Google has been a market leader in the search engine market by a big margin. Though there are some Windows 10 features that have impressed the users a lot - especially the  new improved virtual desktops in Windows 10 have received a lot of appreciation from users as well as critiques.The new snap assist in Windows 10 and Windows 10 dark theme was also accepted with a smile by the users. But one thing that was not received happily by the users is imposing Bing as default search engine.

Stop Cortana from Using Bing as the default Search engine

It is very understandable that the default search engine for Windows 10 is Microsoft’s own search engine 'Bing' and the personal assistant in Windows 10 - Cortana also uses bing for making searches . Further Microsoft has made it impossible to change the default search engine to any other of your choice. But at-least we can stop Cortana from using Bing.

 

How to get rid of bing on windows 10 Cortana Search?

To disable Cortana from using Bing –

Step 1 :

Open up the Windows Menu.

Step 2 :

Type “Edit Group Policy”. You’ll now see the local group policy Editor.

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Step 3 :

Go to “Administrative Templates”.

stop cortana from using Bing

 

Step 4 :

Go to “Windows Components”.

stop cortana from using Bing
Step 5 :

Go to “Search”.

stop cortana from using Bing
Step 6 :

Scroll down and double click on “Do not allow Web Search”.

stop cortana from using Bing
Step 7 :

In the next window, set it to “Enabled”.

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Step 8 :

Click “OK”.

Step 9 :

Restart “explorer.exe”.

Conclusion :

Bing has not been a very popular search engine among the netizens. But from Micrsoft's point of view it is quite obvious and justified that Bing is made the default search engine for Windows 10 and switiching from it is not possible. ut after you have gone through the tweak explained above, using Cortana would be easier as it can now be used without Bing. If you are a fan of Google search engine than you might love to know some Google tricks and how it can be used in a more productive manner - You can search for sites similar to your favorite website by using Google related search. Also there is a very useful feature to search flights on Google. Frequent travellers will love to use Google as a currency converter so that they are able to get converted rates of their money from anywhere in the world. There are loads of other Google features that can be explored - Happy Googling :)