How to Make DuckDuckGo Default Search Engine in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to make DuckDuckGo the default search engine in Windows 11 when using Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Firefox or other Chromium based browsers.

DuckDuckGo is a privacy search engine. It focuses on protecting searchers’ privacy and avoiding the filter bubble found with other search engine companies, including Google, Bing and others.

When you install or upgrade to Windows 11, the default browse becomes Microsoft Edge, and default search engine with Microsoft Edge is Bing. Also, installing Google Chrome, Firefox and most browse will make Google search engine the default for your browser.

If you want to take back your privacy, you can set DuckDuckGo as your default search engine with your browse, and the steps below show you how to do that.

Install your favorite browsers in Windows 11

If you haven’t already done so, here are steps to install and make Google Chrome, Firefox, Brave, Vivaldi and Opera the default web browser in Windows 11.

How to install and make Google Chrome the default in Windows 11

How to install and make Firefox the default in Windows 11

How to install and make Brave the default in Windows 11

How to install and make Vivaldi the default in Windows 11

How to install and make Opera the default in Windows 11

How to make DuckDuckGo the default search engine in Windows 11

Now that you have installed your favorite web browsers, use the steps below to configure DuckDuckGo as your default search engine.

Many of the most popular browsers today are based on the Chromium engine similar to Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge. They all are almost identical in settings and function.

The steps below should work on almost all of them except for Firefox.

First, click the ellipsis icon in the toolbar.

change search engine to duckduckgo windows 11

Click Settings in the dropdown menu. For other browsers, the menu options should be a bit different, but locate the Settings.

browser settings button

In Chrome, select the Search engine link on the left menu. Then on the Search engine setting page, choose DuckDuckGo as the “Search engine to use in the address bar“.

google chrome change search engine

In Microsoft Edge browse, select Privacy, search, and service, then select Address bar and search tile on the settings page.

edge search bar and search windows 11

Other browsers may have similar settings but in different locations. Locate the search bar settings page of your browser and click the dropdown menu beside Search engine used in the address bar and select DuckDuckGo.

change search engine to duckduckgo windows 11 browser

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to change the default search engine to DuckDuckGo in your browser in Windows 11. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.

3 Comments

  1. I am using Windows 11 on a laptop PC. I followed the instructions to make DuckDuckGo the default search engine. When I open Edge There is no DuckDuckGo. I am at this time using DuckDuckGo from a link saved to my favorites. Is there a step that is needed to do so that DuckDuckGo is the default search engine?

  2. Like Pedro Espinal, I have the same problem. I have set my default browser as Duckduckgo, but Bing is what comes up when I first open my web browser. I want Duckduckgo to open as soon as I get on my computer. Is there a way to fix this?

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