Can I Delete Bing & Edge

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A reader has question about Microsoft Edge:

“Cyn, Is it possible (and how?) to delete both Bing and Edge from my Windows 11? I prefer Chrome.”

Bing isn’t an app installed on your PC, it’s an online search engine, though it is the default search engine for Edge. When you use the Windows search box, it will default to Bing to search the web. Much like Internet Explorer in older versions of Windows, you cannot delete Edge from your Windows computer. However, you can certainly install Chrome and even make it your default browser. There’s no reason to use Edge if you don’t want to.

Here’s how to change it, thought it’s much harder than it was in Windows 10.


Then scroll down to the browser app you wish to use in a long list and click on it.

Then you scroll down to each type of file that a browser can open and change it one by one to your preferred browser.

Click on the file type and Microsoft attempts to talk you out of switching from Edge.

Click on Switch anyway and you’ll get the menu to select a browser.

To cover all the possible types of files, you’ll need to do it 22 times. Microsoft claims this is because it wants to give people more control over their web settings. I think we all know that it’s because they want to retain more control over your choices. Not cool, Microsoft. Not cool at all.

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