Cortana is typically a search box feature that allows you to type or even verbally ask a question as it “listens” on your PC’s mic and finally draws results from Bing.
Bing is the default search Engine for Microsoft Edge browser. This implies that all search results will be routed to Bing and open in Edge instead of appearing in other search engines such as Google. In this tutorial, we’ll see how we can make Cortana Use Google and Chrome browser to populate search results. If you wish to switch from displaying results on Microsoft edge on Bing search to Google Chrome browser, stay put.
Step 1: Changing the Default Browser
Upon the completion of your Windows 10 installation, Microsoft Edge becomes the default browser. Some users have raised concerns over Microsoft’s tendency to override user preferences even after changing to a different default browser. Before going to the next step, it is advisable that you confirm your default browser using windows 10 settings as follows:
- Head out to the Cortana search bar and type “choose a default web browser”.
- Click on the System Settings icon as shown below
- This opens up a “Default Apps” Window. Scroll down until you get to “Web Browser” section.
- Click on the tab and select “Google Chrome“.
Now your default browser has been set to Google Chrome and you can use it to open web files and search for anything.
Step 2: Set Cortana to Use Google Chrome browser with EdgeDeflector
At this point, we are going to require a third party tool to make the Cortana searches open in Google instead of Google. EdgeDeflector is a tool can override Cortana’s defaults and open the search results in your preferred browser, in this case, Google Chrome.
- Download the latest version of EdgeDeflector here
- Run the installer and Click on “Next” on the dialogue below
- In the next dialogue, Accept the default path selection and click on “Install”
- Once the installation is complete, a dialog box selecting EdgeDeflector as default will pop up. Click on the “EdgeDeflector” option and hit on”Always use this app” checkbox and click “OK”
At this point, when you try to search for something in Cortana, it will populate Bing Search results but in Google Chrome browser as shown below.
To render Cortana search results in Google Search and in Google Chrome browser, an additional step is required.
Step 3: Setting Cortana to redirect to Google Search
To render the search results in Google Search and open in Chrome browser, we’ll need to install chrometana which a chrome extension. This is the link to install chrometana from chrome web store.
- On the Chrometana page on Webstore,, click on “Add to chrome” button located on the top right corner
- On the pop-up Window that appears , click on “Add Extension”
A pop-up will appear confirming that the extension has been added.
At this point, you can head back to Cortana and try searching for something.
If you followed the steps keenly, the search results this time will be rendered in Google Search in Chrome browser. And that’s how you make Cortana use Google and Chrome browser.
Hey, this is Margaret, a Windows Systems Administrator who’s in love with everything about tech.