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Set Google Chrome Address Bar To Search Google.com

Set Google Chrome Address Bar To Search Google.com

How to set Google Chrome’s address bar to search Google.com instead of the country you’re residing in...

By default, Google Chrome address bar performs searches within your country of residence – those in UK, automatically get results from google.co.uk, and those in Japan are given results from google.co.jp. This is useful in some circumstances, but if you’re living in foreign country and wish to search google.com, you’ll have no doubt find it annoying to hit home, click Google.com in English and then begin your search.

Thankfully, its extremely easy to set Google Chrome search bar to search which ever domain suffix – .com, co.uk, co.th, co.jp, etc – you prefer.

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Set Google Chrome To Search Google.Com By Default

Here’s how to set your Google Chrome’s address bar to search in the country of your preference:

  • Right click on the address bar, and click ‘Edit Search Engines‘.
  • You’ll see a list of the search engine preferences. Click on the default Google search.
  • Copy the line of code that starts with ‘{google:baseURL}search?’ (it’s a good idea to paste and save this code in a text editor in case something goes wrong).
  • Click on ‘Add new search engines’ in the ‘Other search engines’ field.
  • Name your search engine something like ‘Google.com’ and add a keyword like ‘Google USA’ (these labels are for your reference only and can be what you like).
  • Paste the code you copied into the ‘URL’ field.
  • Delete ‘{google:baseURL}’ from the start of the code, and replace it with the URL of the search engine you would like to use, e.g. http://google.com or http://google.co.uk
  • Alternatively you can use this shortened version of the code: http://www.google.com/search?q=%s
  • Hit return and then click ‘Make default’… Job Done.

Now when you perform your search directly from Chromes address bar, you’ll get the search results from the suffix you specified.



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  1. While this is easy to do, Google Instant doesn’t work, and let’s be honest, Chrome without Google Instant just sucks, doesn’t it? In past versions, you were able to simply edit the “Local State” file and replace some values with “google.com” and voilá, it worked. With newer Chrome versions (like my v22dev release), this isn’t possible anymore. However, you can still get it to work, albeit it’s a little bit more work than before (not too much, though, no sweat). The only thing you need is a sqlite-Editor. On OS X, I recommend Lita (actually I don’t recommend it – it’s Adobe Air, which is a major POS, but it’s the first free one I found and it does the job).
    Now you have to quit Chrome, go to the directory Chrome stores your user data (~/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/Default for me) and open the file named “Web Data”.
    In your sqlite editor, you now open the table “keywords” (typically in the left column) and choose the data-tab to see the actual entries stored in the database. If your editor supports it, you can duplicate the first entry (shortname: google, keyword: google.yourTLD, …), otherwise you have to create a new entry and just copy each and every value manually.
    In the “url”, “suggest_url”, and “instant_url” fields of the entry you just created, you replace “{google:baseURL}” with “https://www.google.com/”. That’s basically the whole trick.
    Because of the way databases work, however, you now need to edit a few other values: for the id-field, you scroll down the list of entries, look at the last one, take it’s id, and add 1. (If the last id in your list is 58, your id is 59).
    You also need to set the “prepopulate_id” value to “0” (or the lowest unique value in the prepopulate_id-column of your list, I have no idea what exactly this does, 0 worked for me. If the value you put in here already exists, however, it will kill your whole entry).
    Also make sure to empty the “sync_guid”-field and enter something else in the “keyword” and “short_name” field (like “Google International” and “gint”).
    Now, you need to select the “keywords_backup” table and do the same all over again (I don’t know if this is necessary, you can try without skipping this step).

    Finally, launch Chrome, set your default search engine to the entry you just created, and enjoy!

  2. Can i do this through a link my user click it, and then his default search become my site?

  3. Google’s rise to success was in large part due to a patented algorithm called PageRank that helps rank web pages that match a given search string. When Google was a Stanford research project, it was nicknamed BackRub because the technology checks backlinks to determine a site’s importance.

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