Microsoft Edge uses the Bing search engine by default when you select a word or phrase and search via the right-click menu. This article tells you how to change Edge’s default search engine (for the address bar and context menu search) to Google.
Set Google as the default search engine in Edge
Microsoft Edge Chromium
- Launch Microsoft Edge and open Settings.
- In Settings, click “Privacy, search, and services.”
- Scroll down to the section named “Services.”
- Click “Address bar and search.”
- Set the “Search engine used in the address bar” default search provider to Google.
You can also add or remove search engines from that list by clicking “Manage search engines.”
Microsoft Edge (Legacy)
A third-party extension for Microsoft Edge allows you to search for a text or phrase using Google via the right-click menu. With this extension, to look up a word or phrase in the current web page on Google, select the text, right-click and click “Search with Google.”
This extension is not available from the Windows Store, which means you need to side-load it into Edge if you plan to use it. Use these steps to side-load the extension.
Sideload an extension into Microsoft Edge
- Open Microsoft Edge and visit the “
- Select the “Enable extension developer features” checkbox, and restart Edge.
- Download the Google-Context-Menu-Edge extension from the project’s GitHub page
- Extract the contents of the zip file to a folder of your choice.
- Select the More (…) icon to open the menu.
- Click Extensions, and then click the “Load Extensions” button.
- Browse and select the folder where you’ve extracted the files.
This adds the extension and activates it.
Using the “Search with Google” extension
Visit a website, select some text or phrase, and right-click on the selection.
You’ll see the “Search with Google” option in the context menu, which, when clicked, opens Google search results in a new tab.
This extension can be beneficial, especially if you’ve got used to Googling via the right-click menu in various browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, or Internet Explorer. You’re no longer limited to using the “Ask Cortana” context menu option (which opens Bing search results in the right pane) in Edge (legacy version).
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2 thoughts on “Search with Google via right-click menu in Microsoft Edge”
Does this also replace “ask bing for this picture”?
Bwaahahaha, right click on the first image (Developer settings) and click “Ask bing about this picture” and it says it can’t help with these “kind of images” and suggests turning save search off. I guess that wrench and screwdriver look suggestive!?! : ))