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Change default google search engine when using URL bar

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Change default google search engine when using URL bar Hunnie 11/4/08 4:51 AM
I'm English but resident in France. When I use the url bar to type in my search terms I am redirected to google.fr and I would prefer google.co.uk or at least google.com

I have tried the instructions here: http://www.google.com/support/chrome/bin/answer.py?answer=106514&topic=14676 but I do not see the 'Google.com in English' link anywhere on the page.

I have tried this both signed in to and signed out of my google/ig account.

Any one got any ideas if this is a bug or bad help documentation.

thnx,
Hunnie
Re: Change default google search engine when using URL bar Evil Pete 3/6/09 6:27 AM
I too suffer from a similar problem here. I have Chrome installed at work in the UK, but our internet connection is registered in Belgium so when I type a search into the Omnibar, the results come from google.be, which is most unhelpful. I too, tried the advice at the link that Hunnie has posted, but it did not work for me.

Thanks,
Pete
Re: Change default google search engine when using URL bar Andrew.Osman 3/6/09 9:33 AM
look at the answer for this question: http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Chrome/thread?tid=42de40a92681bbc3&hl=en
Re: Change default google search engine when using URL bar Hunnie 3/6/09 11:33 AM
Andrew - thanks but that link doesn't answer the question.  The default chrome home page has two search boxes to the right of the most visited sites. The link you gave changes the defaut google search for the google quick search box.  What Evil Pete and I want is to change the default search used for the omnibar/url address bar i.e. where you type a web address. You can type keywords or queries into the url bar but the query is to the localised google engine - not the one specified in the link.
Re: Change default google search engine when using URL bar Evil Pete 3/9/09 2:46 AM
OK, although I couldn't get it to default to the UK (so no chance of UK-specific search results), I did get it to default to the global site in English. The trick was based on the instructions here:
http://www.google.com/support/websearch/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=873

I say based on the instructions because it didn't work by "clicking the Google.com link on the bottom right-hand side of the Google homepage." What I actually had to do was:
1) Type "www.google.com" in the URL bar (which then redirected to www.google.be)
2) Click on the link at the bottom right - "Google.com in English"
3) Perform a search (don't know if this step was necessary or not, but it's what I did)
4) Close Google Chrome and wait about 10 seconds
5) Open Google Chrome and wait about 10 seconds
6) Type a search into the URL bar

The above seems to have worked and I now get results in English from Google.com. It's still a shame that you can't just have the option to change to your favourite country via the "Default search options" manager window.

I hope the above helps others with this problem. What I found did _not_ work is to type something in the URL bar, get the results in Belgian from google.be, click on the "Google.com in English" link, then restart the browser. This led me to believe that the instructions I'd read before were wrong, when actually they do work, you just have to make sure you do it the way I've outlined above...
Re: Change default google search engine when using URL bar Dinsan Francis (chromestory.com) 3/9/09 4:03 AM
here is an article explaining how to do this : http://chromestory.com/2009/03/how-to-change-default-search-engine-on-google-chrome/
Re: Change default google search engine when using URL bar randompherret 3/9/09 8:30 AM
chromestory: that wont fix what language the Google search is in.

in your search manager make a new one and give it a name and keyword and use this url:

http://www.google.co.uk/search?{google:RLZ}{google:acceptedSuggestion}{google:originalQueryForSuggestion}sourceid=chrome&ie={inputEncoding}&q=%s

dont forget to make it defualt
Re: Change default google search engine when using URL bar Dinsan Francis (chromestory.com) 3/9/09 8:32 AM
I didn't see that it's about language ..   I thought its just the search engine ?
Re: Change default google search engine when using URL bar Hunnie 3/9/09 9:47 AM
EvilPete - that's it! (well almost) the .com global search is better than the localised (.fr for me) - thanks.

As a an aside - does any one know which cookie/cookie content chrome uses to store this preference?
Re: Change default google search engine when using URL bar oscarthecat 1/11/10 1:33 AM
thanks RANDOMPHERRET, i was about to stop using chrome! had figured i had to change the url but didn't have a clue what to. don't know how you figured that out. (changed the '.co.uk' to '.com' though, and presume you can change that bit as you like).
Re: Change default google search engine when using URL bar T0mh3lps 1/21/10 6:43 PM
I finally found the answer!

You paste http://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en&q=%s&btnG=Google+Search&meta= in the URL.

This guy solved it: http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Chrome/thread?tid=3773f6e111b0568c&hl=en
Re: Change default google search engine when using URL bar Volunteer Thailand 9/13/10 6:01 AM
Thanks randompherret for providing an excellent answer. I can now view Google Chrome default searches in English and at Google again instead of Yahoo!
Re: Change default google search engine when using URL bar til5 9/18/10 12:56 AM
...just in case somebody still reading this (like me a couple of minutes ago). There is a plugin for Firefox and Chrome, that shows search-results just as you would get in the country you chose. It's pretty awesome and it's free: http://www.redflymarketing.com/internet-marketing-tools/google-global/
Re: Change default google search engine when using URL bar garybradski 1/5/11 8:43 AM
To back up T0mh3lps, this works:

1 Right click in the Omnibar, select Edit search engines
2 Create a new one with whatever name you want.
3 Give it a unique keyword, again, whatever you want
4 In the URL, paste the link below, replace <REPLACE ME!> with what you want. E.g. in the USA, .com
http://www.google.<REPLACE ME!>/search?hl=en&q=%s&btnG=Google+Search&meta= in the URL.
5 Select it as the default.
Re: Change default google search engine when using URL bar user512 2/12/11 10:14 PM
There is a complete guide to fixing this issue here:
http://301redirects.net/fix-google-chrome-default-search-engine-omnibox.php

This will also work with the new Google Chrome Omni Box Instant Search feature.

Hope this helps.
Re: Change default google search engine when using URL bar zojo45 4/10/11 2:12 PM
user512's answer works :-)
Re: Change default google search engine when using URL bar stevenroose 5/19/11 11:17 AM
This should fix the country redirect when searching the omnibox!
http://knol.google.com/k/steven-roose/search-google-com-instead-of-country/3vtjkywjm9myu/18