Can’t Change Default Search Engine with Cortana

ChrometataI noticed this morning I couldn’t change the default search engine for Cortana. She loads Bing by default and I rather have Google or DuckDuckGo. I searched the internet for possible fixes and I came across a work around.

If you use the Chrome browser, you can download an extension called Chrometana. After installing the extension, Chrometana will ask you to select your default browser: Google, DuckDuckGo or Yahoo. Obviously, you don’t want Bing as your default because then you wouldn’t need this extension.

Now when I type in a search, Cortana loads Bing and Chrome quickly forwards the request to my search engine of choice. Based on my searches, it seems Microsoft has no plans to allow a change in the default browser, so I will take this workaround for now.

Google Drive Plugin for Microsoft Office

Google Drive for Microsoft Office

 

If you use Microsoft Office with OneDrive as well as Google Drive for your documents, spreadsheets and presentations, then you may find the new plugin from Google handy.Google Drive Plugin in Excel

After downloading and installing the plugin, Google Drive will prompt you to sign into your account. Then a Google Drive tab will be added to the Office Suite. A screen shot of the plugin in Excel is shown above. I primarily use Google Drive for my files; however, I also use OneDrive for some items. I was happy to see a new way of integrating items I use frequently for work and personal use.