Cortana can be very helpful as a personal digital assistant and one of her best features is that she can perform web searches for you when you ask her to. However, by default, she searches the Web using Bing - Microsoft’s search engine. That’s all fine and dandy in theory, but many people like Google more than Bing when it comes to searching the Web. Fortunately, now you can set the Google Chrome web browser and Cortana to work together and have Cortana search the Web using Google instead of Bing. If you would like to learn how that’s done, read this tutorial:
Step 1. Set Google Chrome as your default web browser in Windows 10
If you want Cortana to make web searches through Google, you must set Google Chrome as the web browser. You can find guidance on how to do that here: 3 ways to change the default web browser in Windows 10.
Essentially, the fastest way to set Google Chrome as your default web browser in Windows 10 is to open the Settings app , go to System -> Default apps , click or tap the default Web browser and then select Google Chrome.
Step 2. Make sure that the default search engine used by Google Chrome is Google
If Google Chrome’s settings haven’t been altered, the default search engine it uses is Google. However, it’s essential that this is true if you you want Cortana to make web searches using Google and not other search engines like Bing or Yahoo! for instance. So let’s make sure that the default search engine used by Google Chrome is indeed Google:
Open Google Chrome, click or tap on its menu button from the top right corner of the window, and then click or tap Settings.
In the Settings tab, scroll until you find the section called Search and check whether the default search engine is set to Google. If it’s not, select it now.
Step 3. Set Google Chrome to enable Windows desktop search redirection
Setting Google Chrome as the default web browser on your Windows 10 computer or device and making sure that its default search engine is Google was just the first part of the process. Right now, if you would make a web search with Cortana, she would open Google Chrome and search for what you asked her to, but she would still use Microsoft’s Bing search engine for this task.
To make Cortana use Google instead of Bing when making searches on the Web, you will have to change a hidden setting from Google Chrome.
Open Chrome and enter the following text in the address bar:
Press the Enter key on your keyboard and Google Chrome will take you to a setting called “Windows desktop search redirection” from a hidden setting page. You should see something like this:
By default, the highlighted setting called “Windows desktop search redirection” is set to the Windows Default search engine, which in normal circumstances is Bing. We’re going to tell Google Chrome that we want to override that and set it to redirect Windows desktop searches to Chrome’s default search engine which, as we made sure in the previous step from this guide, is Google.
Click or tap on the Default value of the “Windows desktop search redirection” setting and select the Enabled option from the list of options.
Google Chrome will react immediately to the changed setting and will ask you to Relaunch now in order for the change to take effect.
Step 4. Test Cortana and see if she’s better with Google
Everything should be set up and each time you’ll ask Cortana to make a search on the Web, she should automatically launch Google Chrome and provide you with search results from Google. Go ahead and test it, see how it works and don’t forget to let us know if you like Cortana better now that she’s friends with Google. :)