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Firefox is my default browser but win10 search still results in MSExplorer opening with Bing results.

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I don't like MSExplorer or Bing. I've set Firefox Quantum 66.0.2 (64bit) as my default browser with search results from Google.

When I type a search in the 'Type here to search' window, MS Explorer opens with a Bing search result.

How do I get the thing to stop opening Explorer and simply open FF?

And again, Firefox is absolutely set as my default (menu/options/'smiley' Firefox is currently your default browser)

I don't like MSExplorer or Bing. I've set Firefox Quantum 66.0.2 (64bit) as my default browser with search results from Google. When I type a search in the 'Type here to search' window, MS Explorer opens with a Bing search result. How do I get the thing to stop opening Explorer and simply open FF? And again, Firefox is absolutely set as my default (menu/options/'smiley' Firefox is currently your default browser)
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WestEnd
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What is your homepage and what are you search settings like in the browser settings?

What is your homepage and what are you search settings like in the browser settings?
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The installed Win10 uses the default Microsoft Edge (I mistakenly called it MSExplorer because it's the same thing to me). The homepage is the MS Edge homepage whatever that default is.

I'm not sure why it matters what my homepage is, since the homepage doesn't have any effect on which browser opens on a search from the Win10 search block, and both browsers have a different page.

If I open a link in Outlook mail (or any other app) the link opens FireFox, so clearly the system recognizes FF as my default browser. It's only when I use the Win10 search block (next to the Windows button on bottom/left screen) that the system opens MSEdge and Bing. I could change the default search engine in Edge to Google, but that doesn't explain why Edge continues to open when I've selected FF as default.

FireFox Homepage is https://login.live.com/

This is from my options/search: Choose the default search engine to use in the address bar and search bar.: Google

One-Click Search EnginesChoose the alternative search engines that appear below the address bar and search bar when you start to enter a keyword. Google is the only engine checked


MS Edge homepage is the MS Edge Edge search option is: Search in the address block with Bing


thanks for any advice

The installed Win10 uses the default Microsoft Edge (I mistakenly called it MSExplorer because it's the same thing to me). The homepage is the MS Edge homepage whatever that default is. I'm not sure why it matters what my homepage is, since the homepage doesn't have any effect on which browser opens on a search from the Win10 search block, and both browsers have a different page. If I open a link in Outlook mail (or any other app) the link opens FireFox, so clearly the system recognizes FF as my default browser. It's only when I use the Win10 search block (next to the Windows button on bottom/left screen) that the system opens MSEdge and Bing. I could change the default search engine in Edge to Google, but that doesn't explain why Edge continues to open when I've selected FF as default. FireFox Homepage is https://login.live.com/ This is from my options/search: Choose the default search engine to use in the address bar and search bar.: Google One-Click Search EnginesChoose the alternative search engines that appear below the address bar and search bar when you start to enter a keyword. Google is the only engine checked -------------------------------- MS Edge homepage is the MS Edge Edge search option is: Search in the address block with Bing ---------------------------------- thanks for any advice
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jscher2000
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Some applications, like Cortana, may be hardwired to particular browsers. I do think there used to be a way to intercept those searches, but Microsoft may have taken that away. I think if you want to make sure you get results in Firefox, you'll have to fire up a Firefox tab to do you searching.

Some applications, like Cortana, may be hardwired to particular browsers. I do think there used to be a way to intercept those searches, but Microsoft may have taken that away. I think if you want to make sure you get results in Firefox, you'll have to fire up a Firefox tab to do you searching.
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It appears you are correct that Cortana is hardwired to Edge.

I've found a fix to change Cortana's browser requires installing EdgeDeflector. So to stop using Edge, one has to install additional software. Still trying to find out how to stop Cortana returning results with Bing. Apparently there's a Chrome extention fix but I cannot yet find a fix for FF.

Clearly a first world problem, but it's just frustrating to have to do work-arounds for less than stellar built-ins.

It appears you are correct that Cortana is hardwired to Edge. I've found a fix to change Cortana's browser requires installing EdgeDeflector. So to stop using Edge, one has to install additional software. Still trying to find out how to stop Cortana returning results with Bing. Apparently there's a Chrome extention fix but I cannot yet find a fix for FF. Clearly a first world problem, but it's just frustrating to have to do work-arounds for less than stellar built-ins.
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You may notice that Cortana adds some unique characters to the URL it sends to Bing. Some versions of Firefox used to look for that code and switch the query to your default search engine, but I don't think that was maintained because the searches were no longer going to your default browser by default. Still, there could be an add-on for that.

You may notice that Cortana adds some unique characters to the URL it sends to Bing. Some versions of Firefox used to look for that code and switch the query to your default search engine, but I don't think that was maintained because the searches were no longer going to your default browser by default. Still, there could be an add-on for that.
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