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I work out of London office and my office in all its wisdom has the proxy in Germany which means whenever I type something in Chrome's omnibox, it does the search via http://www.google.de instead of www.google.co.uk.

Question

How can I change it to use google.com/ncr

What I have tried

I have tried to update settings in Chrome as follows but even then it does not work.

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Note: Advising to change the default search to Bing is a strict No-No! –  Kanini Jan 21 '13 at 11:01

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It's not working because you haven't edited [google:baseURL].

Use this string

https://www.google.com/search?q=%s

EDIT: See comments

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Thanks! But I am not able to edit [google:baseURL] field in Chrome. It is Read Only. –  Kanini Jan 21 '13 at 11:58
    
You can create another Search Engine String and make it default. –  DragoonHP Jan 21 '13 at 12:01
    
Brilliant! Worked like a charm! –  Kanini Jan 21 '13 at 12:06

There's a better way. If you edit the search string in the Preferences, you won't get autofill results. If you do it this way, you will.

Change Chrome's Search Engine to Google.com: http://googlesystem.blogspot.ca/2013/07/change-chromes-search-engine-to.html

  1. Type google.com/ncr in the address bar and search for something
  2. Close Chrome
  3. Launch Chrome again, open a new tab and search for something using Chrome's omnibox.
  4. You should see an infobar that asks you: "would you like to search with google.com instead of [your local Google domain]?"
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I've found a new way and it is relatively simple.

  1. Go to your google.com.?? page.
  2. Click on the link on the lower right corner that says use www.google.com
  3. Do a search not from the Omnnibox but from the search bar in the page.
  4. Do another search but now from the omnibox.

As soon as you do so, you will see a message asking if you want to use www.google.com as your default search engine or not. Choose google.com and you're done!

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