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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 instead of


How can I change it to use

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
up vote 8 down vote accepted

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

Use this string

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
This doesn't work for me, but I'm not completely clear on the exact steps required. – Simon Woodside Sep 24 '15 at 18:07
@sbwoodside: Go to chrome://settings > Click on Manage Search Engines and the add the relevant details in the empty textboxes in the bottom. – DragoonHP Sep 26 '15 at 14:52

Edit Sept 2015: This doesn't seem to work any more.

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

  1. Type 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 instead of [your local Google domain]?"
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Thank you. This almost looks like dark magic. I couldn't convince Chrome to use while still providing suggestions until I found your answer. – sker May 7 '15 at 16:53
Unfortunately, this doesn't work any more. – skolima Sep 23 '15 at 16:39
@skolima: agreed, doesn't seem to work now. – Simon Woodside Sep 24 '15 at 18:00
This worked for me! – Ammar Alammar Dec 29 '15 at 16:40
@AmmarAbdulaziz I can't reproduce. What version are you running, what OS, what country are you in, and are you logged into google? – Simon Woodside Jan 4 at 3:17

I've found a new way and it is relatively simple.

  1. Go to your page.
  2. Click on the link on the lower right corner that says use
  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 as your default search engine or not. Choose and you're done!

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