Windows 10: How stop Cortana opening Edge

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    Windows 10 Home ver 1803
       17 Jan 2017 #1

    How stop Cortana opening Edge

    I thought I just read this recently? I looked but no luck.

    I have Google Chrome as my default browser.

    However, when I do a search using Cortana, and click one of the web results, it will open my Edge Browser?

    How do I get Cortana to open web results using google chrome?
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  2.    17 Jan 2017 #2

    Hi, MS closed off the possibility to do this - your default choice of browser is not respected by Cortana.

    Please read:
    Aug 5 2015
    How To Make Cortana Use Google Search In Chrome And Firefox
    Apr 28 2016
    Microsoft blocks Google Chrome & other browsers from Cortana in latest Windows 10 release
    You used to be able to, not now:
    Make the Windows 10 Start Menu and Cortana Search Google Instead of Bing

    At least that's my understanding- someone else probably knows more.
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  3.    06 Feb 2017 #3

    I don't want to use Edge, and has Chrome set as my default browser, but Cortana and the Start Menu always opens Edge now (Feb. 2017) even when just typing in links, making their argument about not being able to use other browsers than Edge not really worth a damn.

    I developed this utility which detects web pages being opened in Edge, and then automatically closes it and opens the links in your default browser instead.

    I cannot post exe files here, so you have to compile it yourself. Any developers wanting to build on this are welcome to use it for whatever you may want.

    [C++] EdgeCloser v1.0 -

    Compile with:
    cl.exe /EHsc /W3 /O2 /D "NDEBUG" /D "_WINDOWS" /D "_UNICODE" /D "UNICODE" /MD EdgeCloser.cpp user32.lib advapi32.lib oleaut32.lib ole32.lib shell32.lib

    (I use Visual Studio 2015 community edition)
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  4.    06 Feb 2017 #4

    Hi, I believe you could post your exe file if you zipped it.
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  5.    06 Feb 2017 #5

    Ok. I'll try to post it here. Just want to inform you the app has no GUI currently, so if you want to stop it you need to kill the edgecloser process in Task Manager or reboot your computer.

    The program checks your default browser setting, and if you have in fact selected Edge as your default browser, then it doesn't do anything. I use Google Chrome, so in my case it closes any opened Edge windows it can find and opens the links in Chrome instead.

    For myself, I wouldn't trust any random exe I found on a web forum, so if you are worried about viruses and things like that you always have the option to inspect the C++ source code posted above and compile the thing yourself.
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