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I'm too bored of seeing sites like Google and such show up in my native language, I would rather like them to be in English. Yet, I have to explicitly change the URL to .com and en and that kind of parameters in order for them to show up in English. Can I somehow force this?

So, how is Google configured?

However, it is set to English on the site itself so it has to be my browser:

Then, how does my browser land up on non-english pages, like Google?

It usually shows up in non-English when I'm performing a search, which uses:


When performing a search, it fills these variables in with non-english values.

How can I tell my browser to fill these in with the English values?

My Google Chrome options give preference to English:

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I'm sure that this has been asked before, but I can't find the duplicate right now. –  ChrisF Mar 9 '12 at 10:39
When you go to google.com, does it redirect you? What happens if you click the "Use google.com in English" link (or similar) at the bottom? –  slhck Mar 9 '12 at 10:58
@slhck: It doesn't redirect me if I do that, in that case it is in English. If I click the link it doesn't remember that for the next time. It is really Google Chrome that literally fills in {google:baseURL} with https://www.google.be/... –  Tom Wijsman Mar 9 '12 at 11:00

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There are two options available for configuration:

which language should Google products use

which language(s) should be used for search results

Open Google Chrome, in address bar type in: http://www.google.com/preferences#languages

You can configure more than 1 language for search results, while only 1 can be set for Google products.

Configure appropriate settings and Save them.

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up vote 6 down vote accepted

In %LOCALAPPDATA%\Google\Chrome\User Data there is a file Local State which contains the {google:baseURL} information. While temporarily closing Google Chrome, I simply filled in the URL https://www.google.com instead which resolved my problem:

   "browser": {
      "enabled_labs_experiments": [ "conflicting-modules-check",
                                    "extension-apis", "preload-instant-search",
                                    "print-preview" ],
      "hung_plugin_detect_freq": 2000,
      "last_known_google_url": "https://www.google.com/",
      "last_prompted_google_url": "https://www.google.com/",
      "last_redirect_origin": "",
      "plugin_message_response_timeout": 30000
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What name it is in Lion? I can't see Local State file in Application Support. Thanks. –  Wojciech Bednarski May 29 '12 at 3:25
@WojciechBednarski: ~/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome else I don't know... –  Tom Wijsman May 29 '12 at 11:21
This is only for Chrome; the answer by Volodymyr works for all browser. –  Jeroen Wiert Pluimers Jul 8 '13 at 7:38

If you use Chrome, you can force all Google services to use English with this extension: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/english-please/lkhoknaphajfjdcpnllakeglfpbbimhp

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