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I am in the UK and my firm has an outsourced webscanning service which routes our traffic through either Germany or The Netherlands.

Whenever I do a search using Chrome's Address Bar I get either the .de or .nl results page.

Is there any way to force Chrome to use the .co.uk ignoring the location it thinks I am in?

Internet access is very locked down so alternate proxy suggestions will probably not work.

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To force this I added a specific Google UK search entry and made it default:

Spanner icon -> Settings -> Basics tab -> Default search section -> Manage button

Click the Add button and enter the following:

Name: google.co.uk

Keyword: google.co.uk

URL: http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=%s

Click OK then select the new entry and click Make Default

All done!

All searches will now go through google.co.uk and not the location aware version which uses the following URL:

{google:baseURL}search?{google:RLZ}{google:acceptedSuggestion}{google:originalQueryForSuggestion}sourceid=chrome&ie={inputEncoding}&q=%s

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Maybe turning location aware browsing will help - this is how.

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Didn't work, still going to .de - thanks anyway! –  Shevek May 5 '10 at 12:34

Since switching to the Beta Channel (currently on 5.0.375.38) the problem seems to have sorted itself, I am always getting .co.uk search results now.

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Actually, not! I'm now back on .de this week - the proxy company must rotate it each weekend –  Shevek May 17 '10 at 9:17

I don't know about Chrome, but this works for me in any browser: just append /ncr to the google URL (ncr=no country redirect): www.google.com/ncr, www.google.it/ncr, etc.

The /ncr will disappear when the page has been displayed, but the information is still available in a cookie (if you at least accept session cookies).

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the functionality in Chrome is used without a URI - simply entering search terms in the address bar so there is nowhere to put the /ncr. Thanks anyway - a good tip otherwise! –  Shevek May 27 '10 at 9:48

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