How can I make google.com in English the default address-bar search engine (I am not in the states).
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I live in Kosovo - that is a contentious issue enough on its own.
When I open chrome, and have the decency to type a search term directly in the address bar (for efficiency, you see) I get redirected to the google.rs (Google Serbia) website which also happens to be in Cyrillic. Now, I can change the Cyrillic to Latin letters, and the interface to English - but I am not able to avoid the google.rs address.
This brings a range of problems including information that is completely irrelevant to me, including search results, ads and all that good stuff. Lately, it has started to make the whole Google experience thing a bit problematic, especially with the irrelevant and/or skewed search results.
Now, I was wondering if there is a way to make Google.com, in English, the default search engine even out of the address bar in Chrome, without Chrome redirecting me to google.rs (Google Serbia)?
Thanks in advance.
I have come to understand a lot more people are having a problem with Chrome's tendency to redirect no matter what. In this case the redirect isn't helping me because the search results for Serbia are quite irrelevant, otherwise it wouldn't have been much of a bother.
One final option remains, and that is editing the location file in Chrome's install directory.
I'll update you on how that works out
So, the question stands - is there a way to get Chrome to not redirect you to to a country specific Google page (like google.rs) when typing search terms in the address bar?
(the default answers like changing default search engine to google.com in options, changing personal google account settings, google.com/ncr, etc. are not working and it seems to be a consistent problem with Chrome)
So, Google seems to be keen to shove local country specific searches down our throats BUT they were kind enough to provide a solution.
If you want to use Google.com go in the address bar on chrome and type google.com/ncr (no country redirect). This will set a cookie so google.com won't be redirected.
For the Chrome address-bar search redirection problem follow these steps:
1. Go to Chrome Setttings (Click on the "wrench" icon on the top left and then click "options")
2. In the "Basics" tab, under "search" you will see a "Manage search engines" button. Click that button.
3. In the fold out menu that just opened you will see two boxes: The first is "default search options" while the other is "other search engines"
4. In the "Default Search Engines" box you will have Google, Bing and Yahoo entries as by default. The Google tab should be the default one.
5. At the right side of the "Google" line you will find an "x" - press it. NOTE: This will remove the Google default search configuration.
6. Go to the "other search engines" and locate (at the end of the list) the boxes used to enter a new search engine.
6.1 -- You will find three boxes with dimmed letters saying: "Add a new search engine" "Keyword" and "URL with % in place of query"
6.2 -- In the "Add new search engine" box type: Google
6.3 -- In the "Keyword" box type: Google.com/ncr
6.4 -- In the "URL with % in place of query" box type or paste: http://www.google.com/search?q=%s
7. Hover your mouse over your new "Google" entry in the "Other search engines" box until the "make default" blue button appears on the right of the entry. Click that.
8. Enjoy your Google.com (no country redirect) searches from Chrome address bar.
Hope that helps - it did work for me.
Name : Google
Keyword : Google.com
URL : http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&source=hp&q=%s
Click on Ok and set as default !
2. Just go to :
and search for your term
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