Make English the Default Language for Google Chrome Search

There are a lot of things that change and that one must tweak when one moves to a new country.

Google by default redirects searches to country specific websites (google.co.in in India, google.com.vn in Vietnam) and it gives you country specific search results, often with generous bits of the national language thrown in.

This is how you can revert to good old English search results sitting anywhere in the world.

1. Right Click the Address Bar and select “Edit Search Engines…”

2. This will open the ‘Search Engine’ dialog box in a new tab. Scroll down to the bottom of that page and you’ll see empty input boxes where you can add a new search Engine.

3. Enter ‘Google English’ into the first input box, ‘google’ into the second input box, and the URL below into the third input box. Then press the Enter key.

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

4. Now hover your mouse over the new entry we just created, you will see a ‘Make Default’ button at the right hand side of the screen. Click that. Click OK and Make Default. All Google search results will now be in English, the unofficial international language.

Google Chrome English Search Step 1
Google Chrome English Search Step 2
Google Chrome English Search Step 3
Google Chrome English Search Step 4

About Pratik Sinha

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20 comments

  1. Awesome, this is just what I was looking for. Stationed in Japan for the next three years, so to have to keep resetting the search results to English was already turning into a pain. Thank you, good sir!

  2. Thank you! I am an American abroad, and some recent change had me frsutrated. I don’t know what they did, but in the last year, my old method for getting this done stopped working, and I found several sites with the old (now unhelpful) advice on it.
    Your advice is exactly what I needed. Thank you!

  3. Thank you so much!! It was fun at first to practice my chinese but the results are so different that I found myself always switching back to the US site.

  4. This is amazing! Thank you so much.

    I was looking for this answer since yesterday and wrote some (frustrated) strong feedback emails to Google too!

  5. Well, THIS ACTUALLY WORKS!!!!!
    I’ve been searching for weeks and reading forum entries. Everyone is frustrated with this Chrome thing. I’ve been forced to go to the regular Google search engine page first to find things. And it used to be so handy to just type it in the address/navigation bar.
    I actually uninstalled and re-installed Chrome three times.
    I finally discovered the place in Options and was trying to change the Edit Search Engines stuff, but it wouldn’t let me do it. Until I found your solution.
    This is a big day for me – THANKS

  6. This is fantastic!!!!! It really works. This should be known to all the forums I’ven been visiting. I have been fooling around in that Edit Search Engine part of Chrome’s Options, but never got to change anything there.

  7. I downloaded google chrome in English and then a few days later it was in Thai just because I am in Thailand. There is no tab written in English to change the language, so it seems like you need to read Thai in order to change the language to English. How stupid is this? I find the whiz kids at google screw up a lot of obvious things. Google simply has no common sense.

    1. Well… actually Google must have a lot of common sense. But I suppose it’s the American way of looking at the world: “in foreign countries, everyone speaks that language.” But making the button to change to English in the specific foreign language is something I thought was only done by would be webmasters.

      1. Hello Fritz,
        Are (were) you talking to me – or to Google? Because it is Google which offers this ´service’. The translations are horrible indeed. But in my daily activity on the web, they do give me a good idea about the text on the foreign page, which I am looking at. And if I want to know what a page is about, I am not expecting a literary piece. It would be nice though; and pretty soon Google will have figured that out too.
        But these posts are not about Google translate – they are about Google presuming that someone who takes his laptop, for example, to Burundi, should automatically get all his pages in one of those languages.

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