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How to Make Cortana Search with Your Default Browser

Oyetoke Tobi - Saturday, July 09, 2016

Microsoft made its Edge browser and Bing search engine the sole option for Cortana search results. Therefore Cortana will ignore your default browser setting and use the Microsoft Edge browser whenever you want to search with Cortana.

Microsoft says that “Cortana was intended to work with Microsoft Edge and is powered by Bing” in order to deliver “end-to-end personal search experiences.” 

So Microsoft decided to make it a little more difficult to use other browsers and search engines with Cortana in order to protect Windows 10’s integrated search design. Microsoft can ensure a “personalized, end-to-end search experience”, by pairing Cortana with Edge and Bing, because they have total control over how these services handle search requests.

This is very annoying because the Microsoft Edge isn’t advanced as Google Chrome or Mozilla FireFox. Fortunately, we’ve found a way to force Cortana to use other browser.

So here’s how to do just that

So the first thing to do is to download the SearchWithMyBrowser software. So head over to SearchWithMyBrowser on GitHub, then click on the green Clone or download button in the top right, select Download ZIP, wait for the download to complete, and extract the ZIP package with either winRaR, WinZip and so on.



Now navigate to the folder extracted from the downloaded zip file, look for make.cmd and run the make.cmd file. Alternatively, you can manually compile the make.cmd, and you can use the instructions on GitHub to do so.



So to install the software and let it make changes to your Windows 10 registry, run the install.cmd file. Then a command prompt will pop up and prompt you to move the SearchWithMyBrowser.exe to a permanent location of your choice. So paste the path to its new location into the command prompt. The prompt also holds some guide on how you can copy the file path. Note: You can use the left / right arrow keys to move between the front and back of the file path in order to remove the quotes.



After pasting the right location, press the Enter button, then followed by any key to continue. Then Windows will ask you how you would like to open this? Then select SearchWithMyBrowser.exe and click on OK.



So the next time you want to use Cortana to search the web, Cortana will prompt you again which app you would like to use. Then select the SearchWithMyBrowser.exe and check Always use this app checkbox. Henceforth,  Cortana will always use your default browser to open search results. 

Restoring Cortana’s Default Browser

So to restore the Cortana’s default browser open the command prompt with admin by pressing Windows key + X, click on Command Prompt (Admin) , then enter the path to the SearchWithMyBrowser.exe, and then followed by the command /unregister. For example


"C:\Users\DELL\Downloads\SearchWithMyBrowser-master\SearchWithMyBrowser.exe" /unregister

You can manually remove the following registry entries as an alternative method. So navigate to these registry entries and delete them:


HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\SearchWithMyBrowser
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\SearchWithMyBrowser
KEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\RegisteredApplications\SearchWithMyBrowser

So to open the registry, Press Windows key + R to launch the Run menu, enter regedit, and hit Enter. Then navigate to the registry entries listed above and remove them


3 comments:

  1. If you’ve followed this tutorial, you should be aware that SearchWithMyBrowser had a severe security vulnerability at the time you probably read this article and installed it. You can get EdgeDeflector as a replacement and read more about the vulnerability here.

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  2. This is the dev of SearchWithMyBrowser here. I fixed the vulnerability that Daniel reported, and also added an installer to be able to install it much more easily.

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    1. Thanks, for resolving the vulnerability issue

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