If you are like me you exclusively use Google for all web searches. I also am very fond on pressing the Windows button and searching for the app or file I want. When Cortana was introduced in Windows 10 they added the ability to search the web from the start menu as well. Unfortunately it was exclusive to Edge and Bing. Bellow I show you a step by step of how to change that to the browser and search engine of your choice. This adds a the very convenient ability to search the web the way you want from any application with the press of the Windows button.
Here is a quick overview of what you will be doing in this guide.
- Download “SeachWithMyBrowser” zip
- Decompress ZIP and build the program
- Install the program
- Select the program as your default search browser
- Set your browser to redirect Bing searches to Chrome
Alright, Let’s get into it!
Step 1: Download
Let’s download the redirect app from the developer: Direct Download (Development Site)
Step 2: Build
Once downloaded decompress the file somewhere you can easily find. (In my case I put it in C:)
A: Make (Compile) the application.
B: Copy the path of the compiled app (SearchWithMyBrowser.exe)
The easiest way to do this is to Shift Key + Right Click and select Copy as Path
Step 3: Install
Install application by selecting install.cmd and pasting the copied path from Step 2.
Step 4: Select
As soon as you press enter on Step 3 you will be promoted with “How do you want to open this?”. Make sure you select “SearchWithMyBrowser.exe”.
Step 5: Google
Now that you have Cortana using your default browser to open web search’s, you have to direct it to your preferred search engine. This is done with a simple chrome extension. I use: Chrometana – Redirect Bing Somewhere Better
You can use this tutorial for FireFox, Opera, or any other browser that you set as default under Windows 10 settings. You can also use this with any other search engine as well. Just search for an extension or plugin that redirects the browser of your choice.
Thanks. Clear instructions, works perfectly
Developer of the tool here. It is now available in an installer, which is much more easier to install.
…Or you could download the pre-compiled version under the releases tab in github, install the setup file, do a cortana search and select “SearchWithMyBrowser.exe”. Easy.
If you reading this and you think this article is outdated, trust me it still works in 2019, but do what Scott says, go to the github which you can find by searching “search with my browser github” then go to latest release tab and download the setup, you know its the one because it ends in setup. Now just do what they say, install it, if you want you can run it through virustotal but its 100 percent clean. once install just type in cortana and it will ask you to select how to open, select searchwithmybrowser and you are done, now go thank charles for fixing this cuz edge fucking sucks.
Super – thank you.
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