How to set two default search engines on every browser

How to set two default search engines on every browser

Honestly, Google is the best search engine out there. Stage = Stage. That said, we also can’t ignore the privacy issues that come with it. Google tracks your searches, your search patterns, and stores a record of you on their servers.

While I’m fine trading my privacy for better search results, when I use incognito mode, I like to keep my searches private. One easy way is to start using two different browsers, with Google and DuckDuckGo set as your default search engines. But that’s just a lot of work. In general, an ideal solution would be – use Google by default and DuckDuckGo (or any other privacy-focused search engine) in incognito mode. But no browser supports the default two search engines. So we need an alternative and here is my tip on how to do it.

Why DuckDuckGo: DuckDuckGo vs Google: Which Browser Is More Private

Use DuckDuckGo as Default Search Engine in Incognito

1. Create Bookmarks

The simplest way to do this is to create a bookmark for DuckDuckGo. When you have to switch to Incognito, just right click on the bookmark and click Open in Incognito Window. Doing this will open an incognito window with DuckDuckGo as the search engine.

But creating a Bookmark and then right clicking on it involves 3 clicks, which is not feasible every time. What if you can only enable incognito mode when entering the URL.

2. Use Extensions

Incognito Regex is a chrome extension that allows you to filter out websites for Incognito mode. If you enter the site name, it will open it in Incognito mode. All you have to do is create an entry in the extension.

To get started, download the extension, click Options. This will open a new tab.

Here you need to enter the website you want to filter. When you load the website in question, it will automatically open in Incognito mode. For our case, we’ll enter

Now when I type and as soon as the page loads it pops out and opens in Incognito mode. There are many possibilities with Incognito Regex and you can filter a set of web pages to open in Incognito mode.

Now like most of you, I try to do most of my work via hotkeys. This required minimal effort and I didn’t need to take my hands off the keyboard.

3. Create Shortcuts and Hotkeys

This is the best way as it doesn’t require you to download any apps. The only caveat is, it only works for Windows.

First, create a Google Chrome desktop shortcut. To do that, visit C:Program Files (x86)GoogleChromeApplication and locate the Google Chrome.exe file. Right click on it and select Create Shortcut.

Windows will prompt you to place a desktop shortcut instead, click Yes. The current. this desktop shortcut will fire up Google Chrome and we need to modify it so that it opens Incognito Mode all the time.

Open Properties and on the Shortcut Tab, append the following to the text in the Target text box.


Appending –incognito means that Google Chrome will open in incognito mode with the website at . Now, I want to enable this shortcut with hotkey and to do so edit Shortcut preferences with Ctrl+Alt+D. Now, from any screen, if I press Ctrl + Alt + D, it opens Google Chrome in incognito mode with DuckDuckGo as the search engine.

Alternatively, you can also set the keyboard shortcut to CTRL + SHIFT + N, which will override the shortcut to launch incognito mode on Google Chrome.

This made me switch search engines on the go seamlessly. So I can use Google in default mode and switch to DuckDuckGo in Incognito mode without any hassle. Since this trick doesn’t require any 3rd party apps, you can use this trick for any browser.

For Edge or Mozilla Firefox or Opera, you must add the following in the Target text box.

– private

Add a shortcut and it just works like Google Chrome.


You can’t really have two default search engines on any browser unless the feature is provided by the browser itself. This workaround works like a hack for it and you’ll get the world’s best – Google Chrome’s accuracy and efficiency in normal mode and DuckDuckGo’s privacy in Incognito mode .

For any questions or issues, write in the comments section below.

Also Read: How to Disable Incognito Mode in Google Chrome for Android

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