Forcing Google Chrome to use

Aug 15, 2011   //   by Leon   //   Blog  //  4 Comments

Here’s the scenario. You don’t live in the good old U.S.A., but you do want Google Chrome to use: for your searches.

The solution

  • Open Google Chrome
  • Click the wrench icon (top right hand corner)
  • Click Options
  • Click Basics (left hand column)
  • Click Manage Search Engines
  • In Other search engines add the following (there are 3 fields)
    Field 1 – Add a new search engine: Google USA
    Field 2 – Keyword:
    Field 3 – URL with %s in place of query:{google:RLZ}{google:acceptedSuggestion}{google:originalQueryForSuggestion}sourceid=chrome&ie={inputEncoding}&q=%s

    ***Note – Make sure this is pasted without any spaces or line breaks
  • Click Enter to save the URL
  • With the mouse, hover over the new entry that you’ve just created and click on the Make default button


  • Your solution doesn’t work with my chrome (Version 27.0.1453.110 m). When I add a search engine, it doesn’t allow it to be set as default – that is when hovering the mouse over the new entry, it doesn’t give me the option “make dafault” like it does with the other search engines that came with Chrome.

  • You have just saved my sanity. I thank you soooo much (does bowing and curtseying). I had, due to being taken over by Bing last night, deleted all search engines to the point where I had made (you will laugh) Pinterest my search engine by accident and it wouldn’t let me delete it! Now, sanity is restored I can stop scrunching up my toes and growling at my laptop! Thank you again.

    Cathi x

  • I was trying to fix this myself BUT the URL for Chrome should be as follows (copied from the default, I am in UK so wanted to search{google:originalQueryForSuggestion}{google:assistedQueryStats}{google:searchFieldtrialParameter}{google:bookmarkBarPinned}{google:searchClient}{google:sourceId}{google:instantExtendedEnabledParameter}{google:omniboxStartMarginParameter}ie={inputEncoding}

    • Thank you… This worked a treat for the UK version.

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