Windows 10 allows us to do web searches on the "search" field. As one would expect, though, Windows is using Bing to do those web searches. Let's see how we can disable Bing search in Windows 10 or, alternatively, how to replace Bing search with Google.
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How to disable Bing Search in the Windows 10 Start Menu
Not everyone wants to initiate a web search from the start menu, especially when it gets in the way of us getting the Windows results we want.
To disable Bing Search, we just need to search for "Cortana" and click on "Cortana and Search settings".
If we have Cortana enabled, we need to disable it if we want to disable Bing search on the start menu, no way around it.
If we didn't have Cortana enabled, or we just disabled it, we just turn off the "Search online and include web results" to disable Bing search.
From now on, searches on the Start Menu will only return results from within the system, with no web search options.
How to replace Bing Search with Google Search
Some of us have the opposite problem. We like doing web searches through the Start Menu, but we are not particularly thrilled about Bing.
Microsoft won't give us the chance to replace Bing because of course they wouldn't. Our only option is to use browser extensions, which will redirect any Bing search to Google.
For Chrome, we can use Chrometana or Bing2Google. Bing2Google, as the name implies, will redirect Bing searches to Google. Chrometana gives us the option to select two more search engines, DuckDuckGo or Yahoo! search.
Firefox also has Bing2Google, not as a browser extension, but as a Greasemonkey Script.
For more information about Greasemonkey, check out our guide:
Greasemonkey Scripts: Endless Features for any Browser
Mind you, for those extensions to work, we need to have Chrome or Firefox as our default browser.
Also, the above extensions won't only work for web searches through the Start Menu. Even if we go to Bing.com and type a search...
...the search results will always come from Google.
Essentially, with Chrometana or Bing2Google we will never be able to do a Bing search unless we disable the extension.
I guess we can live with that.
Did you have any trouble to disable Bing or replace it?
If anything in the guide didn't work as described, and you couldn't disable Bing search or replace it with Google, leave us a comment.
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