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How to make Cortana use Google instead of Bing in Windows 10

One of the highlights of the recently released Windows 10 operating system is the new Cortana. For those unfamiliar with the name, Cortana is Microsoft’s personal digital assistant, just like Siri for iOS. With Cortana, you can find files on your PC, search the web, manage your calendar, set a reminder, and more.

Although Cortana is currently only available in certain countries / regions, the feature will be available in other countries in the future.

As you may have noticed, whenever you search the web using Cortana or the search box on the taskbar (if you have disabled Cortana or searched from regions where Cortana is not available), Cortana uses the Bing Microsoft search engine to search in the web. Although Bing search has evolved over the years, it doesn’t work as accurately as Google, especially outside of the US.

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Use Google with Cortana

If you prefer Google search on Bing and want to force Cortana or the search box on the taskbar to use Google search instead of the default Bing search, there are a couple of ways.

We have already explained a way to enable Google search in Windows 10 taskbar search box with the help of Chrome browser. This time, we would like to share a Firefox extension for Cortana to use Google instead of Bing for search in Windows 10.

How to make Cortana use Google instead of Bing in Windows 10

Foxtana Pro is a simple Firefox extension designed to allow Cortana to use Google instead of Bing on Windows 10. The extension makes this possible by redirecting Cortana’s searches from the default Bing to Google.

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The extension redirects everything you search with Bing to Google, which means that even if you search for something in Bing in your browser, the extension will automatically redirect your search from Bing to Google.

As this extension is only compatible with Firefox, you must have Firefox installed on your Windows 10 computer to install and use the extension.

Using Foxtana Pro to allow Cortana to use Google

Step 1: Visit this Foxtana Pro page in your Firefox browser. Click Add to Firefox and then click insert when the Software Installation dialog box appears to install the plug-in.

Step 2: Next, you need to set Firefox as the default web browser in Windows 10. To do this, go to the Settings application> Applications> Default applications.

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Step 3: In the web browser section, click the plus (+) icon (or click the browser’s default Edge / Current icon) and then click the Firefox browser to set Firefox as the default.

How to make Cortana use Google instead of Bing in Windows 10

Step 4: Foxtana Pro alone cannot force Cortana or Start Search to use Google instead of Bing. We need to download a little utility called Edge Deflector. Download it from here. Edge Deflector forces Cortana to use the default web browser (you have Firefox set up) instead of the Edge browser.

Step 5: Run the Edge Deflector installer and follow the instructions on the screen. When the message “How do you want to open this?” dialog box, select Edge Deflector from the list. That’s it!

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How to make Cortana use Google instead of Bing in Windows 10

Searches made through Cortana or the search box on the taskbar will automatically redirect from Bing search to Google now.

And if you prefer to use DuckDuckGo or any other search engine with Cortana, the plugin is also compatible with other search engines. Go to the Foxtana Pro settings page (click on the Foxtana icon in the toolbar to quickly open it) and configure your preferred search engine. In addition to Google, DuckDuckGo, Yahoo! And Baidu also allows you to use a custom search engine.

How to make Cortana use Google instead of Bing in Windows 10

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