Tuesday, July 31, 2012

How to Set the Defaults of the Search Engine in Chrome to google.com

How to use google.com as the default search engine instead of local search engine?
If you prefer your search engine to return results from google.com instead of google.co.uk or google.com.xx, you can do so temporary by going to the specific site such as www.google.com and vice versa.

By default Google uses your IP address to find your location and the search engine will return results that is more suitable for your locality.

To permanently set the default of the search engine to return search result from google.com in your Chrome browser, follow the steps:

Select the wrench icon >> "Settings", under "Search" click on "Manage search engine"
you should notice that the default search engine is set to google.co.uk or google.com.xx and you can't amend the URL.

However, you can copy the default URL as follows:
{google:baseURL}search?{google:RLZ}{google:acceptedSuggestion}{google:originalQueryForSuggestion}{google:searchFieldtrialParameter}sourceid=chrome&ie={inputEncoding}&q=%s

Change the URL by replacing {google:baseURL} with "http://www.google.com/"

So the new string should be:
http://www.google.com/search?{google:RLZ}{google:acceptedSuggestion}{google:originalQueryForSuggestion}{google:searchFieldtrialParameter}sourceid=chrome&ie={inputEncoding}&q=%s

Under "Other Search Engine", add a new Google name (must not be "Google") such as "Google NCR" or "Google Main".
Under keyword you can type "google.com"
Under the URL copy the above amended string and paste it on the URL box.
Hit enter for the setting to be accepted. Then click "make default" to set the amended search engine as the default.

If you prefer a local search, you just need to change the default search engine.

If you are in the US and want to use google.co.uk as the default, you can use the above example and you just need to replace the {google:baseURL} with http://www.google.co.uk

Please note that I encounter some problem using https while creating the new search engine. However, I was able to amend it to https after the search engine has been made as default.

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