How to Force Cortana to Use Chrome on Windows 10

How to Force Cortana to Use Chrome on Windows 10

The Cortana app is a built-in app and is an additional feature in Windows 10 or higher version PC. However, the default web browser used by Cortana for search results on the web is the Bing, contrary to the popular Google Chrome web browser. If you are so comfortable with using the Google Chrome app, you can force Cortana to use Chrome. The article will provide you with the answer to the question of how to make Cortana search with Chrome. In other words, the article discusses the methods for the question, of how to make Cortana use Chrome instead of Bing as a Web Browser?

How to Force Cortana to Use Chrome on Windows 10

How to Force Cortana to Use Chrome on Windows 10

Before trying the methods listed in the article, you need to set the default Web Browser as the Google Chrome app instead of Microsoft Edge on your PC. The step is crucial as you can force Cortana to use Chrome only if it is selected as the default Web Browser.

Method 1: Change Default Apps Setting

You can change the default Web browser setting to force Cortana to use Chrome. Follow the given steps to do so.

1. Press the Windows + I keys simultaneously to launch Settings.

2. Click on the Apps setting.

Click on the Apps option. How to Force Cortana to Use Chrome

3. Click on the Default Apps tab in the left pane and change the Web browser.

click on the default web browser app in the Web browser section

4. In the adjacent Choose an app window, select the Google Chrome app to set it as the default web browser.

click on the Google Chrome app to set the Google Chrome app. How to Force Cortana to Use Chrome

Also Read: Permanently Disable Cortana on Windows 10

Method 2: Use Chrometana Web Extension

If you are trying to force Cortana to use Chrome, you can try using the Chrometana web extension on the Google Chrome app. The extension is a trusted one and the steps to do the same are explained below in this section.

1. Hit the Windows key, type Chrome, and click on Open.

open Google Chrome

2. Open the official website for the Chrometana web extension on the Google Chrome app.

Note: Alternatively, you can open the Chrome Web Store and search for the Chrometana web extension on the search bar.

3. Click on the Add to Chrome button to add the Chrometana web extension to your Google Chrome app.

Click on the Add to Chrome button. How to Force Cortana to Use Chrome

4. In the confirmation pop-up window, click on the Add extension button to continue with the process.

click on the Add extension button

5. Click on the Google button on the Pick your preferred search engine from below window.

Click on the Google button. How to Force Cortana to Use Chrome

6. Hit the Windows key, type cortana, and click on Open.

open cortana

7. Type any term and press the Enter key to search for the term on the Cortana app.

8. In How do you want to open this? the dialog box, click on the Google Chrome app, select the Always use this app option, and click on the OK button to complete the process.

Also Read: How to Connect Cortana to Gmail Account in Windows 10

Method 3: Use Third-party Apps

The section has two main third-party applications that can be used to make the Cortana app use the Google Chrome app instead of the default Microsoft Edge app.

1. EdgeDeflector

The EdgeDeflector app will let you force Cortana to use Chrome for searching results. The app is popular and has new releases available on the official GitHub website.

1. Launch the Google Chrome app on your PC by typing in the Windows search bar.

open Google Chrome

2. Open the official website for EdgeDeflector and click on the EdgeDeflector_install.exe file in the Assets section.

click on the EdgeDeflector install.exe file. How to Force Cortana to Use Chrome

3. Press the Windows + E keys together to open the File Explorer.

4. Click on the This PC folder in the left pane, and click on the Downloads folder in the Folders section.

Click on downloads

5. Double-click on the downloaded setup file.

6. Browse and select the destination folder by clicking on the Browse… button, then select the Install button to install the app.

Note: You can leave the selected destination folder and avoid any changes for better performance.

install edgedefector app

7. Follow the on-screen instructions on the installation wizard, set Google Chrome as the default app, and wait for the app to get installed on your PC.

8. In How do you want to open this? prompt window, click on the EdgeDeflector option in the list and select the Always use this app option.

9. Click on the OK button to confirm the changes and to use the EdgeDeflector app for forcing Cortana to use the selected Google Chrome web browser.

Note: If the dialog box isn’t available, then go to Default apps settings and select Microsoft Edge as a default Web browser.

10. Launch the Cortana app from Windows Search.

open cortana. How to Force Cortana to Use Chrome on Windows 10

11. Type any term and press the Enter key to search for the term on the Cortana app.

12. Click on the See web results option in the Cortana app to see the web results in the Google Chrome app.

Also Read: 7 ways to fix Cortana can’t hear me

2. SearchWithMyBrowser

The SearchWithMyBrowser app will let you force Cortana use Chrome for searching web results. The main issue with using the app is that there have been a few patch reports on using the app, hence you can download the app at your own risk. You can try using the app if you cannot use the methods explained previously in the section and need to use Google Chrome on the Cortana app.

1. Launch the Google Chrome web browser.

2. Open the official website for SearchWithMyBrowser and click on the Source code (zip) option in the Assets section.

click on the Source code option in the Assets section

3. Press the Windows + E keys together to open the File Explorer.

4. Click on the This PC folder in the left pane, and go to the Downloads folder in the Folders section.

Click on downloads. How to Force Cortana to Use Chrome

5. Right-click on the downloaded zip file and click on the Extract All… option in the menu, browse for a destination folder, and extract the files on the destination folder.

extract files for searchwithmybrowser zip

6. In the extracted SearchWithMyBrowser-master folder, run the Make.cmd file to build the program.

run make cmd file in searchwithmybrowser source folder

7. Run the install.cmd file to install the program and let it make changes to the registry on your PC.

8. In the Command Prompt window, you need to move the SearchWithMyBrowser.exe file to a permanent location in the window.

Note 1: You can choose the given location path to move the downloaded file. In the place of Username, you need to type the account user name on which you need to save the file.

C:\Users\Username\Downloads\SearchWithMyBrowser.exe

9. Press the Enter key to execute the command and hit the Enter key again.

10. In How do you want to open this? window, click on the SearchWithMyBrowser.exe app, and select the OK button to complete the process.

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