Search engine in address bar and New-tab page

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Please provide popular search engines in this list. it is inconvenient for the user to first search for something in their address bar and come back to this place to change this setting. All users cannot manually change this setting using Manage search engine > Add button. 

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Also, after changing this setting to a different search engine. when I come back to New Tab, Search engine is changed in the address bar but not in the search section. it would be great if the browser could also change [search with bing bar] in the middle of the page to the user selected search engine. We all love bing, but nobody is going to use that search section when they manually changed the search engine option using settings.



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A few thoughts on this:

I know bing is of course going to come as the default in Edge, but to be the ONLY option was a little disapointing when I first opened the Canary build today. It would be great if other common search engines were included as options in this list. I know I can go to those search engines and perform just one search and that will add them to the list so that I can then go back and set my preferred default, but that's a bunch of extra steps and honestly feels a bit like Microsoft is taking away user choice by not giving the choice in the first place and requiring so many steps just to get a new search engine to be your default. This is especially true for non technical users.

Further this search option is only respected by the address bar search functionality. There is also the search bar shown on the new tab page that cannot be hidden no matter how you chose to customize the new tab page. The search bar on the new tab page does not respect the default search engine chosen to be used for the address bar and this is very disapointing. I have been able to install Chrometana which is a workaround that does force the new tab search to use my preferred search engine, but this workaround feels unnecessary if the browser were to respect my user preference in the first place.

@nemchik and @Deleted thank you for this feedback.  I will forward it on to the Search folks.  Is there anything that Bing can do make you feel comfortable using their search engine as your default?



@Elliot Kirk  No offense. i think it does not have anything to do with search engine. i like bing and i am using it. it is just bing is the only avaialble choice. Also when user manually change search engine option in settings,  search bar shown on the new tab page should respect user choice. Thanks.

I concur. I don't think the issue is a matter off "how can we make Bing meet your needs" but rather "how can we allow users to choose what meets their needs".

@nemchik, @Deleted I understand your suggestion. I was just trying to unpack if it was a problem with the search engine or if it was just having a set of selections available at installation time.  I will let the Search team and new tab team know about your feedback.  Thank you for taking the time to engage with us.  I really appreciate it.


Perhaps an alternative would be to have 2 more options in "Custom"

- Show Search with Bing (On / Off)
- Show Feeds (On / On Scroll / Off), to replace the current Show Feeds option which only does On / On Scroll.

allowing Ege's new tab experience to be customized down to blank page, but allowing things that address bar search doesn't do, like "Most visited sites" and "Image of the day", to be kept on if desired.


With respect to the search field in the new tab experience, in all my years using Chrome I've never gotten muscle memory built up for doing anything other than typing site title or search into address bar, since address bar has focus first, and typeahead in address bar is even faster than using "Most visited sites." I find everything Chrome's tried in new tab experience a distraction, and I would like to see Edge allow users to tune distraction down a bit, over customizable search providers there. It may also scratch the itch of the people who don't want to search with Bing.

(There are a number of Chrome plugins that blank the new tab page, by the way. But that does not allow the same amount of choice as the path I'm suggesting. I can especially imagine people might like to keep "Most visited sites" and "Image of the day".)

@nemchik I have the same problem. I can add that is a little frustrating because if you search the same thing once in google and after that in the New Tab with Bing you get different results.

I just want to keep the same search engine in all my tabs. It is too much?