Tech Tips Home
The Best Tech Tips And Daily Deals
Newsletter On The Internet!

WorldStart Tech Tip And Store Search
Email: Password: Login Remember Me

Like what you see here? Subscribe to the Tech Tips newsletter!   Email: Subscribe

Can I Make Internet Explorer My Default Search Engine?

Sunday, August 14th, 2016 by | Filed Under: Uncategorized

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?


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.


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.”


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

Tags: , , , , ,

Leave a Reply

Like these tips? Get them for FREE in your email!

WorldStart's Tech Tips Newsletter

  • Tech Tips Daily - Become a tech pro! Get the very best tech and computer help sent directly to your email every weekday!

  • Tech Tips Weekly - If you don't want our Tech Tips newsletter every day, then sign up for this weekly newsletter to get the best information of the week. Sent on Fridays.

Other Newsletters

  • WorldStart's Daily Deals - Every week, we send out great deals in our Daily Deals newsletter. Many of these deals are exclusively for our Daily Deals newsletter subscribers and can't be found with our regular specials.

  • Just For Grins - Each issue includes a couple clean jokes, some funny quotes, and a hilarious reader's story. Newsletter is sent five days a week.

Enter Email Address:


Your e-mail address is safe with us!
We only use it to send you the newsletters you request. It is NEVER disclosed to a third party for any reason, ever! Plus, if you decided you don't like our newsletters (don't worry, you'll love them), unsubscribing is fast and easy.

Free Newsletter Signup

Tech Tips Daily

Become a tech pro! Get the very best tech and computer help sent directly to your email every weekday!

Tech Tips Weekly

The week's best in tech and computer help. Get your issue sent to your email every Friday!

WorldStart's Daily Deals

The very best deals on the Internet! Get a new set of incredible sales every day of the week!

Just For Grins

Clean jokes, funny quotes, and hilarious comics. Sent 5 times a week straight to your email.


Love Worldstart? Refer A Friend!

WorldStart's Premium Membership

Tip Archive