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Can I Make Internet Explorer My Default Search Engine?

Sunday, August 14th, 2016 by | Filed Under: Uncategorized
 
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Benjamin has a question, but I think he may be a little mixed up about the difference between a search engine and a browser. He writes: “Just purchased a Surface Book laptop and it has Bing as its search engine. I dislike Bing, would making internet explorer my default searcher cause me problems?

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Congratulations on the new laptop.  As I said before, I think you’re a little confused about the difference between a search engine and a browser.  A browser is a program you use to access the Internet.  On a Surface Book, the default browser is Microsoft Edge.  The icon you click to open it looks like this.

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But Internet Explorer is also included in Windows 10.  Just type Internet Explorer in the search box on your Start Menu. Then click on the result. Or tell Cortana “Open Internet Explorer.”

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If you’ve upgraded to Windows 10, all of your favorites should have transferred to Windows 10 without an issue. You can choose either browser as your default browser.

A search engine is a website that you use to look for things once you’re already on the Internet. The default search engine in Edge and Internet explorer is Bing. But you can switch the default search engine for either of these browsers to something like Google. You can’t switch to Internet Explorer because it’s not a search engine.

Bing is the default search engine for Cortana in Windows 10. That can’t be changed.

Hope that helps.

~ Cynthia

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