Force Windows 10’s Cortana to Search With Google Rather Than Bing

By | June 23, 2016
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Force Windows 10’s Cortana to Search With Google Rather Than Bing

Do you want to know how Microsoft came up with the name for its search engine? Here’s a hint: I’m dreaming of  white Christmas…Just like the ones I used to know…” Now if you know the name of the singer that made that song famous, then you’ll know where Microsoft lifted the name “Bing”.

That has nothing to with this article however…so…

If you’re using Windows 10, Cortana is your personal assistant (ala “Siri” for Apple devices). Other people consider Cortana as a personal nemesis – even a spy. While we are pretty sure Cortana is not spying on you, we can see why some people just don’t like it. That being said, if you’re one of the many people (a majority?) who like and use Cortana, you might have noticed that Windows 10 and Cortana lock you using into Microsoft Edge and Bing Search. And even if you change your default browser to Chrome or Firefox, Cortana will indeed obey and open your browser of choice, however, “she” will obstinately still route your searches through Bing. Now if you’re a fan of Bing search then you’re smelling roses here, but if you’re one of the millions like us, who find Bing Search lacking, you’re probably wondering if there is any way to stop Cortana from directing all your searches through Bing.

If you’re one who prefers Chrome or Firefox and who also prefers Google search over Bing, we are going to show you how to force Cortana to use Chrome or Firefox and then to route all searches done through Cortana via Google.

How to force Cortana use Google Chrome or Firefox

First things first. You must have Chrome or Firefox installed to use this tip. And though you will have Internet Explorer a choice of default browser, you can’t use it if you want to avoid Bing.

Next: You have to set Chrome or Firefox as your default browser. And that is very easy to do.

Click Start —-> Settings —–> System —-> Default Apps

Scroll down to Web browser and click the big + sign. When you do a list of installed browsers will appear. Choose Chrome (or Firefox) and that’s that.

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Now Cortana will bend to your will and use your default browser – your browser of choice – to do all searches. However it will force Chrome (or Firefox) to use Bing to conduct any searches you initiate with Cortana.

(A little aside): If you ask Cortana, “What’s the smallest country on Earth” . Cortana will open your default browser and route your search through Bing and the frist thing that comes up is:

“Based on landmass, Vatican City is the smallest country in the world, measuring just 0.2 square miles, almost 120 times smaller than the island of Manhattan.”

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An example of searching with Cortana using voice commands. The screenshot above shows how Cortana handles a search by default – you ask ”her” a question and “she” does your search for you.

Now, getting Cortana to use Google search in Chrome or Firefox is a simple matter of installing an extension called bing2google in Chrome or a script (with the same name) in Firefox. Once you install the free extension in Chrome or the free script in Firefox, all you searches will be done via Google.

You can get the extension for Chrome here

You can get the script for Firefox here

You might think that installing a go between to route Cortana/Bing searches through Google would slow things down. But we didn’t notice any difference in the amount of time it took to complete a search.

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We asked Cortana the same question “What is the smallest country on Earth” after installing the Bing2Google extension in Google Chrome As you can see in the picture above that the search was done via Google.

I don’t know, it’s kind of nice asking a question verbally rather than typing it, especially when your swigging beer and eating chips or when searching for definitions of words with a lot of letters like  sesquipedalian .

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Wow…it sounds like the definition of TC, doesn’t it?

10 thoughts on “Force Windows 10’s Cortana to Search With Google Rather Than Bing

  1. Sylvia Roselli

    Hi
    I now have the Bing2Google on my bookmarks bar however when I ask Cortana a question, her answer still comes up in a Bing browser not in my Google Chrome browser. Also when I asked Cortana to show me my browser, she brought up Bing browser with choice of answers to choose a browser from.
    How do I or make the Bing2Google work? Do I have to install it somewhere else on my pc?
    Thanks for all you tips and help.
    Sylvia

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    1. infoave Post author

      Sylvia,

      We tested it. Just setting Chrome as your default browser does not force Cortana to use Chrome or Google for your searches. You must have Bing2Google installed as an add-on to your Chrome browser. And Chrome needs to be set as default. You can also do this with Firefox.

      We tested this and found it worked perfectly when all the steps are followed.

      Thanks,

      TC

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  2. Sylvia Roselli

    It merely put the Bing2Chrome on my Bookmarks Bar with nothing else to install. In my Google Chrome Settings I have the Bing2Chrome applied but it is still not working . I still get the Microsoft Edge and Bing when I ask Cortana for anything.

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  3. Janet E

    This does not work as of now. Windows hate google search so much that you have to click on a different browser like firefox and set it to the default. The n you have to go back and re-click on firefox then change it to Google Chrome. Needle to say Cortana still pulls up Edge even after you have set Chrome as a default browsers. I went in the advanced setting on Edge had to type in google in the address bar on the browser for google search to populate on the default search engine under the Edge browser. Like usual these guy have complete control and Edge is still using the crappy Bing search engine, and so is Cortana. I am so aggregated I just was 30 mins trying to fix this. So windows is forcing you to use Bing as a search engine no matter what and trying to force you to use Edge instead of Chrome. If you are using Cortana or Edge you can not use Google search engine or google chrome with those programs… Anyone else find a way after I did all that crap please feel free to email me.
    thanks

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  4. 007

    the script doesnt work for firefox, i installed it using greasemonkey as indicated

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  5. Margaret Crozier

    For some reason, Cortana no longer speaks with me. I can type in a question but not simply ask it. I suppose this was another interfering Windows update?

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    1. infoave Post author

      There are no easy answers to this problem. First things first. Make sure “Apps Volume” is turned up in Sound Mixer. Make sure it’s not muted and it’s not turned down too low.
      Sound Mixer in Windows 10

      You can also try re-setting Cortana and starting all over (with microphone setup, etc.). The easiest way to reset Cortana is by using a freeware tool available here. WARNING: The file should download automatically. Click the flashing that says “Click here if it does not”. Do not click the big green “DOWNLOAD” button – or you’ll be downloading malware, or trick ware.

      After you run the Cortana Helper tool, Cortana will be reset to its defaults. This allows you to set up Cortana just as you did the first time.

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