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I have changed in the search preferences to but when I search from the address bar (instant or non-instant) it will still go to Changing to " in English" does the same.

The only way is to open first, then do the search in it.

So the question - is there any way to force Chrome to search in instead of I understand there is some geolocational checking/redirecting, but there must be some way to override it.

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having the same problem and looking forward to find some answer on this thread in near future. – Allen Bargi Jan 12 '12 at 14:08
Actually there is a way, but you will not have instant search. Just create clone of default rule and replace {google:baseURL} with – Pablo Jan 23 '12 at 16:58
Pablo - doing this prevents omnibox from returning "Instant" results though. – alexleonard Jul 7 '12 at 10:30
up vote -4 down vote accepted
  • Have you marked the '' option as default?
  • If not mark it as default using the 'make default' button (appears on hover).
  • See the image below. It should be like that.

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Yes, it's marked as default – Pablo Nov 24 '11 at 1:40
Okies. Is it similar to above image? That means having '' as domain in all 3 columns. – iAnuj Nov 24 '11 at 2:02
Not exactly, because third column is non-editable. If I know what is correct search string template in order to make instant search also to work, then I could try to create new one maybe... But why google:baseURL is taking incorrect domain, I still don't get. – Pablo Nov 24 '11 at 4:51
In that case you should add a new one with values same as in image and make it default. – iAnuj Nov 24 '11 at 13:09
Instant searching does NOT work with – Pablo Dec 11 '11 at 15:43

I created a new standard Search with the following settings:

Name: Shortcut: and URL:{google:RLZ}{google:acceptedSuggestion}{google:originalQueryForSuggestion}{google:assistedQueryStats}{google:searchFieldtrialParameter}sourceid=chrome&ie={inputEncoding}

and it works fine.

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The answer is actually very simple.

When doing an omnibox search my desktop was returning, my laptop so I knew something was up - and I really wanted the knowledge graph results from .com.

Follow all these steps in order.

  1. Go to If you're redirected to a country-specific site, click the "Go to" link in the bottom right of the Google home page.
  2. Do any search. This sets as your {google:baseURL} in a cookie.
  3. Click the wrench icon and select "Exit" to fully exit Chrome.
  4. Relaunch Chrome and try an Ombnibox search now.

This method will ensure that omnibox now returns results from at and still searches instantly (if you have that option selected in your Chrome settings).

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I tried the above and the omnibox still searches the local google. – Shimmy Dec 22 '14 at 13:47

I encountered the same problem and found this solution. Note that I didn't use the "better trick" that was posted in July 2013 (it didn't work for me with OS X and Chrome 29.0.1547.65); I'm using the older method, to wit:

  1. Close all Chrome windows.

  2. Go to Chrome's user profile directory (for example, in Windows Vista and Windows 7 the path is: %LOCALAPPDATA%\Google\Chrome\User Data\. Under OS X, it's $USERHOME/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/.

  3. In the Default directory, open the file Preferences in a text editor like vim or Notepad.

  4. Find the two lines that include last_known_google_url and last_prompted_google_url and change the Google URL from (where .tld is, .fr, etc.) to or any other Google domain.

  5. Save the file and restart Chrome.

  6. If you see an infobar that asks if you want to switch to your local domain or keep, choose the second option.

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Going to disables the "country redirect" for me.

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Again, if I open from address bar there is no redirection! So it doesn't make sense to "Go to .../ncr". I tried to change search engine preferences and put /ncr but still Chrome is redirecting me to – Pablo Nov 20 '11 at 7:50

Go to the Wrench icon and select Options. In the Basics sections, click Manage Search Engines in the Search section. In that section you can modify each of the query strings, so you can change it to just "".

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Actually I did that and also put, none helps – Pablo Nov 20 '11 at 7:57

This is the easiest way, from Chrome help on the web:

Add a search engine: Scroll to the bottom of the dialog and fill out the following fields:

Add a new search engine: Enter a nickname for the search engine.

Keyword: Enter the text shortcut you want to use for the search engine. Use the keyword to do keyword searches.

URL: Enter the web address for the search engine -here you want to put:

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