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How can I force Chrome to search in the search bar, rather than

I have tried the following several times with no success:

  • go to
  • click on 'Go to Google UK'
  • do a search
  • restart Chrome

Like I say, the above doesn't work. I've also tried resetting all Chrome's language options to UK English and restarting the browser. I am actually in the UK, and not using a proxy.

What can I do?


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Go to settings (the wrench on the right)

-> Options

-> Default Search - click "Manage"

-> "Add" button at the top

-> Fill out the info, putting as the keyword

-> You may need to copy the URL from the default google entry.


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This breaks search suggestions for me. It will only show queries I've previously searched for, but no other suggestions. – Jo Liss Apr 28 at 17:14

If JNK's answer didn't do the trick, make sure you're using for the URL. So, the full procedure is:

  1. Right click the URL box at the top of any Google Chrome window.
  2. Click Edit Search Engines…
  3. Click the Add… button.
  4. Set the name to whatever you want (e.g. "Google UK").
  5. Set the keyword to whatever you want (e.g. "uk").
  6. Set the URL to
  7. Click the Add button.
  8. Click the Make Default button.
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