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unable to edit search engine littlemissellie 1/26/09 12:47 PM
I am an English speaker living in France, and want google to default to google.co.uk, rather than google.fr. I tried changing {google:baseURL} in the tools section, but it is un-editable.

Can anyone help?
Re: unable to edit search engine Kims 1/26/09 1:17 PM
http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Chrome/thread?tid=546a0585b28cbc08&hl=en
Re: unable to edit search engine littlemissellie 1/26/09 1:20 PM
<<1) Open "Edit search engines"
2) Select "Google" and hit "edit"
3) Now select the 3rd row ("URL") and copy it and close the window
4) Hit "Add". Type whatever you like in "Name" and "keyword".
5) In "URL" paste the copied text and replace "{google:baseURL}" with "http://www.google.com/" the click OK
6) Select your new google engine and make it default
7) Done!>>

Step 5 doesn't work as you cannot edit that section
Re: unable to edit search engine Kims 1/26/09 2:19 PM
Try reading it s-l-o-w-l-y.
Especially step 4.
Re: unable to edit search engine Lapeyrouse 2/11/09 7:13 AM
Added search engines cannot be set as default in the copy of Chrome that I have just downloaded.  I have deleted all but the original defaults (Yahoo) and added google.co.uk but it needs to be in the upper section (default search options) to set as a default.   I had tried to edit the google.fr but couldn't which is why I deleted it.

So the simple question is, "How do I make an added search engine my default?"
Re: unable to edit search engine Evil Pete 3/6/09 6:34 AM
I'm suffering from a similar problem, as described here: http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Chrome/thread?tid=34d995cfa2bd5862&hl=en&fid=34d995cfa2bd586200046474159a7701

As Lapeyrouse has pointed out, the steps to change the search engine do not work as the manually added "google.co.uk" cannot be made default. It does "work" in a sense, but you can't make it replace the default search, so it's a workaround rather than a solution.

Regards,
Pete
Re: unable to edit search engine galou 6/21/09 8:32 AM
edit it in explorer, then go to wrench > import bookmarks and settings. a workaround, but it works.
Re: unable to edit search engine bazzanewt 7/8/09 12:33 AM
Bing was editable in mine, so:
1. go to google.co.uk and search for TEST
2. when the results come back, copy the URL
3. edit Bing in the default search engines list as described above
4. change the name to Google UK, the keywords to google.co.uk and paste in the copied URL, changing the word TEST to %s
5. OK and make it the default
Re: unable to edit search engine arthur77777777777 9/28/09 1:41 PM
this final one doesn't work for me. it won't let the choice be default if you make the changes as suggested.
I think this is a bug for our Google friends to fix?
Re: unable to edit search engine smithadams 10/11/09 7:34 AM
I got it to work following the step by step instructions up top but seriously, this is horribly designed. all this aggrivation to sigure out how to change the default search engine. I live in a foreign country too and desired google.com to be my default. it should be explained how to do this in the help section. wake up Chrome team!
Re: unable to edit search engine QQFarmer 10/11/09 1:26 PM
Some people are making an easy situation complicated here. Leave the original Google search engine alone. Don't try to change it cause you might use it someday. ^_^Just add the search engine you want and make it your default search engine. How to make google.co.uk your default search engine? Just go to google.co.uk and do a search. After the search results have been returned, right click the address bar. "Edit search engines...". Scroll all the way down to the end of the search engine list and you will spot google.co.uk.  Now with google.co.uk highlighted, hit the "Make default" button. From now on, your default search engine is google.co.uk.
Re: unable to edit search engine Lewisr 12/16/09 5:12 PM
Add a new search engine, if needed follow the instructions here:

http://www.google.com/support/chrome/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=95653

Use this URL (below) for searching Google UK, you can of course localise this to suit your needs.
Then make default.
 
google.co.uk/search?q=%s
Re: unable to edit search engine aspects 1/21/10 9:50 AM
QQFarmer has the perfect answer. I was trying to get out of google.es and used his suggestion. Instant success! Thank you
Re: unable to edit search engine T0mh3lps 1/21/10 6:45 PM
This URL works: http://www.google.com.au/search?hl=en&q=%s&btnG=Google+Search&meta=

Can be changed to .co.uk or whatever
Re: unable to edit search engine mrmoses333 2/4/10 4:51 AM
QQfarmer--your idea didn't work for me on first 3 attempts but tried again and on 4th attempt on a new tab it worked!
You are a bloody legend...thank you
Re: unable to edit search engine khsaunderson 2/19/10 5:09 AM
Lewisr has the answer
Re: unable to edit search engine MountainDan 4/5/10 6:23 AM
Trying these various methods on Chrome for Mac...still coming up empty.  Are these solutions for Mac as well?
Re: unable to edit search engine ChrisLim 5/27/10 6:59 PM
QQFarmer's method sounds the most promising, and leverages on the way Chrome's search engine-adding is supposed to work, but as MountainDan discovered, it doesn't seem to work on Chrome for Mac. Any suggestions?
Re: unable to edit search engine nicolataylorsa 6/24/10 2:19 AM
thanks @littlemissellie thats perfect!
Re: unable to edit search engine ellieban 6/30/10 7:54 PM
QQFarmer's method is close, but it is missing a step, which I think is why it doesn't always work.  

Before you try that method, you first need to change your home page to the local Google address you want (for example google.co.uk).That won't stick if you keep your home page set to the New Tab page and while your home page is set to google.com, even if it's greyed out, QQFarmer's method won't work. So you must change your home page to google.co.uk and SAVE AND EXIT the settings. Then go back if you like and switch back to the New Tab page as your home page. This time google.co.uk should stay in the home page box but be greyed out.

Once you have done that, navigate to google.co.uk, conduct your search, right click on the address bar and choose "manage search engines", NOW google.co.uk should be at the bottom of the list and it should be possible to set it as your default.

Phew. Seriously Google, sort it out!
Re: unable to edit search engine ellieban 6/30/10 8:02 PM
Let me bullet point that to make it clearer (I'm on a mac so some of the menu options might be different for Windows):

1. Go to Preferences>Basics and ensure you have "open this page" selected as your home page.
2. Type the local Google you want in as you home page (eg www.google.co.uk)
3. Save and exit preferences, www.google.co.uk will now be your home page.
4. If you prefer to have the New Tabs page as you home page reopen preferences and set it back, but you need to go through steps 1-3 or the next steps may not work. www.google.co.uk should now be listed as your homepage but greyed out.
5. Navigate to google.co.uk and search for something, doesn't matter what.
6. Right click on the address bar and chose "edit search engines"
7. Your search engine of choice should now appear at the bottom of the list, click on it and then choose "make default", it should now be available.

Hope that helps!
Re: unable to edit search engine Gillani 7/7/10 3:53 AM
Hi Kims,
Thank you sooooooooooooo much.
Re: unable to edit search engine ElizLondon 8/26/10 4:30 AM
None of these options have worked for me. Have followed them all to the letter - not sure what's going on as I always had google.co.uk as the default and it recently changed without my actively changing it.
Re: unable to edit search engine ElizLondon 8/26/10 4:34 AM
Right after posting the above I found another thread and the 'best answer' worked, finally! http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Chrome/thread?tid=2928a832e7bda151&hl=en
Re: unable to edit search engine whitenorthstar 8/28/10 9:17 PM
Here's a complete explanation, step by step:

Right-click the address bar > Click on "Edit Search Engines" > Click on "Add" > Give your search engine a name, and keywords (neither of these is very important > The important part is, in the URL box, add the following "http://www.google.com/search?q=%s:"***
>Click the OK button to save it.
>Click on "Make default" to select your (new) search engine as the default.

***"http://www.google.com/search?q=%s:" is for international google.  You can regionalize your search bar by changing the "google.com" to your regional URL.  For example, for France, it would be "http://www.google.fr/search?q=%s:" 

Source: http://www.google.com/support/chrome/bin/answer.py?answer=95653
Re: unable to edit search engine mvc_ 11/1/10 6:23 PM
Thanks, whitenorthstar!!!!!!


This works fine in Mac!
Re: unable to edit search engine vibemerchant 12/6/10 1:15 PM
@Whitenorthstar, you're the man.
And to repeat, @google, sort it out already :) !
Re: unable to edit search engine user512 2/12/11 10:16 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: unable to edit search engine Carmageddon 2/28/11 12:49 AM
This is not good enough, the custom search engine does not have autocomplete/suggestions functionality :(

And the other option to search and then have the engine added as default, does not work and I tried many times over, reading and re-reading the instructions again.

I have a problem that Chrome defaults here to the fucken google.co.il domain, I want google.com!!! I dont want to see .co.il in my URL, and I WANT autocomplete...

I dont know why is this even happening.. my windows is English, nowhere it is defined for Israel settings...
Re: unable to edit search engine Carmageddon 2/28/11 1:18 AM
Best (and only) solution for the time being:

Path under windows: C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\
File is Local State

1) Close Chrome.
2) Change the last_known_google_url and last_prompted_google_url to whichever TLD you prefer (google.com).
3) Start chrome again - make SURE you NEVER ever open google on shitty TLD such as .co.il!!! and it will work including autocomplete until proper patch is released.

Hope that helps others.
Re: unable to edit search engine Tosh 3/9/11 11:00 AM
Thanks ellieban, that worked for me FINALLY!!
Re: unable to edit search engine dizzyd-d 4/28/11 3:02 AM
@ whitenorthstar thx m8 u rock
Re: unable to edit search engine mulgaman 6/23/11 8:19 AM
bazzanewt  on 7/8/09 wrote:
Bing was editable in mine, so:
1. go to google.co.uk and search for TEST
2. when the results come back, copy the URL
3. edit Bing in the default search engines list as described above
4. change the name to Google UK, the keywords to google.co.uk and paste in the copied URL, changing the word TEST to %s
5. OK and make it the default

I had the problem yahoo had hijacked Google search, I couldn't change the default, I followed his 5 steps & fixed the problem, very easily.
When I turned Google.com into Default search engine, I used "" http://www.google.com/%s ""
Now every time GOOGLE RULES
Re: unable to edit search engine QQFarmer 6/23/11 10:45 AM
I think it started with Chrome 12(maybe an even earlier version), you can no longer automatically add Google search engines in different languages. For instance, suppose your default Google search engine is google.com. You can't automatically add google.uk.co or google.de or google.fr. Not really a pleasant change for people who are used to using multiple Google search engines. Now we have to add them manually. Take google.uk.co for example, go to google.uk.co and do a search. After the search results have been returned, copy the whole url from the address bar. Right click in the address bar. "Edit search engines..." Go down to the end of the list. Fill in the first two blanks. Past the URL you'v just copied into the third box. Replace the part of the URL containing the search terms you've just used with %s. Hit Enter.

Re: unable to edit search engine QQFarmer 6/23/11 10:54 AM
For google.uk.co, the URL is http://www.google.co.uk/#hl=en&source=hp&q=%s&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.&fp=39098b32882bd184&biw=1366&bih=667.

Re: unable to edit search engine simoncelox 7/7/11 8:20 AM
after a visit to japan my search default elected to be Google Japan, after a various resets decided to delete all default search engines and start afresh.  Was left with yahoo.  Now I cannot remove or add anything and have lost the delete and add buttons under set search Engines.  I have re-installed Chrome a few times nothing works.  Yahoo is a toy.
Re: unable to edit search engine QQFarmer 7/7/11 8:37 AM
@simoncelox, read the posts above you. I mean read my posts.
Re: unable to edit search engine NAYINI 9/28/11 3:53 AM
@QQFarmer

Thank you very much for you solution
Re: unable to edit search engine jazzybeat 12/23/11 6:24 AM
This Google Chrome bugs was for more then 1 year probably now. Probably many of you were trying to enter  http://www.google.com to make default search and as you know it will not show "Make Default" button when you rollover. The solution I found on another forum, use this url bellow and paste in your other search engine url.

http://google.co.uk/search?{google:RLZ}{google:acceptedSuggestion}{google:originalQueryForSuggestion}sourceid=chrome&ie={inputEncoding}&q=%s
Re: unable to edit search engine chopps 1/8/12 3:45 AM
Right click in the URL bar (omni box) and click edit search engines.
Add a new search engine in Other Search Engines box.
MAKE SURE YOU HAVE %s IN THE URL of the new search URL (last box)
Once the format is correct, hovering over the new search engine will show "make default" button
Click the button to move your new search engine up into the default search engine box.

You wont be able to make the search engine a default without %s in the url.
Re: unable to edit search engine Victoria McRitchie 12/7/12 7:42 AM
LewisR is the one to follow. Thanks!
Re: unable to edit search engine Connie Lee 12/20/12 2:25 PM
Thank you! I desperately needed the correct google url because all the ones I've typed in didn't make the "Make this default" message appear. The url you provided, however, WORKS! I'm finally able to get rid of Bing. Thanks!
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