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Glassman

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19,420 posts

122 months

Sunday 22nd June 2008
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I don't want to know how much things are in the U.S of A whenever I search for stuff... How do I set Google UK as the default search?

Just tried and got an epic fail.

Apache

39,690 posts

191 months

Sunday 22nd June 2008
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tools /options /main /home page set google as default

Spam

1,067 posts

98 months

Sunday 22nd June 2008
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Glassman said:
I don't want to know how much things are in the U.S of A whenever I search for stuff... How do I set Google UK as the default search?

Just tried and got an epic fail.
Do you mean your homepage or by using your search function on your browser?

I would recommend downloading the google toolbar too. It's quite good.

Glassman

Original Poster:

19,420 posts

122 months

Sunday 22nd June 2008
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Spam said:
Glassman said:
I don't want to know how much things are in the U.S of A whenever I search for stuff... How do I set Google UK as the default search?

Just tried and got an epic fail.
Do you mean your homepage or by using your search function on your browser?

I would recommend downloading the google toolbar too. It's quite good.
Search function to give me google UK results

GreenV8S

23,675 posts

191 months

Sunday 22nd June 2008
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Bring up the google search page, select the UK radio button, click on search (leave the text field blank). This brings up a new search page with UK selected. Make that your default search page.
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Deva Link

26,934 posts

152 months

Sunday 22nd June 2008
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GreenV8S said:
Bring up the google search page, select the UK radio button, click on search (leave the text field blank). This brings up a new search page with UK selected. Make that your default search page.
That won't work - when you next search for something it'll default back.

The only way is to click the radio button. If you use Google UK as the home page it tends to favour UK anyway.

Apache

39,690 posts

191 months

Sunday 22nd June 2008
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GreenV8S said:
Bring up the google search page, select the UK radio button, click on search (leave the text field blank). This brings up a new search page with UK selected. Make that your default search page.
:yes; by doing this:- tools /options /main /home page set google as default

Glassman

Original Poster:

19,420 posts

122 months

Sunday 22nd June 2008
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So what this means is that in order to get all UK searches via Google, I would first have to set Google as homepage?

I've got the search provider option in the tool bar, I just want the default (currently set as Google) to give me UK results and not USA.

Legmaster

764 posts

114 months

Sunday 22nd June 2008
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Deva Link said:
GreenV8S said:
Bring up the google search page, select the UK radio button, click on search (leave the text field blank). This brings up a new search page with UK selected. Make that your default search page.
That won't work - when you next search for something it'll default back.

The only way is to click the radio button. If you use Google UK as the home page it tends to favour UK anyway.
Oh yes it does, well in FF3 anyway. Works a treat and has kept the UK radio button checked on reopening FF, clicking home, back button, multiple searches and any other means I tried to fool it.

philthy

4,636 posts

147 months

Monday 23rd June 2008
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Using regedit start-run-regedit
Navigate to this key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\
Search the key using find (CTRL+F) and look for google.com

Replace the suffix with .co.uk and it should then use the google UK search from the small window in the top of IE7

It might be easier to just search for this key though:
Name: URL type: REG_SZ data: h ttp://www.google.com/search?q={searchTerms}&rls=com.microsoft:{language}:{referrer:source?}&ie={inputEncoding}&oe={outputEncoding}&sourceid=ie7&rlz=1I7GGIH

I've had to put a space between the h & the ttp in the url, because the forum truncates it.

Hope this helps?

Edited by philthy on Monday 23 June 15:59

Mr E

17,126 posts

166 months

Monday 23rd June 2008
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www.google.co.uk/ncr

(No Country Redirect)

stepej

340 posts

147 months

Tuesday 24th June 2008
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Using IE?

Tools, Internet Options

3rd Option allows you to change search options...

Follow Instructions.... Job Done

If it's not IE, sorry can't help

Siddie uk

1 posts

95 months

Tuesday 19th August 2008
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Go to settings, top right, then options, click in the search box settings box
and at the bottom in use google site, use the drop down arrow for United Kingdom which you will find at the very top of the page, not where you think it should be under U
Hope this helps

Scraggles

7,619 posts

131 months

Tuesday 19th August 2008
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so complicated

goto the site you want to have as homepage

tools, options, use current site as homepage

no need to pratt around with the registry

probably something similar in IE, but using FF

philthy

4,636 posts

147 months

Tuesday 19th August 2008
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Scraggles said:
so complicated

goto the site you want to have as homepage

tools, options, use current site as homepage

no need to pratt around with the registry

probably something similar in IE, but using FF
Did you read the whole thread? The OP wants to use the search box in google toolbar, not the default homepage. Even if you set google.co.uk as home page, it still uses google.com in the toolbar until you change some settings.

Siddi's post above is the easiest solution so far.

alex.tvr

309 posts

165 months

Tuesday 19th August 2008
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http://mycroft.mozdev.org/google-search-plugins.ht...

Worked for me, adding different options for serch box in Camino

69 coupe

1,898 posts

118 months

Tuesday 19th August 2008
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On Google search toolbar.

Click on toolbar settings (green radio button on right side of screen)

settings/options/features/search box settings/
use google site drop down box change to google.uk


oops just realised siddie uk, has already said this.






Edited by 69 coupe on Tuesday 19th August 11:13

chris.mapey

4,772 posts

174 months

Tuesday 19th August 2008
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In IE7

Tools > Internet Options > Change Search Providers > Find More Providers > New IE window opens up > See Global Search Guides > United Kingdom (English) > choose Google from the list.

That seems to work for me.

HTH (if I have)

Chris

Scraggles

7,619 posts

131 months

Tuesday 19th August 2008
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ok

yet another long day on the fun packed underground, seems I did miss read the op's post

so for firefox, goto the search engine bit on the top right

There is the letter G with a button, press the button to reveal "Manage Search Engines"

Mine has a list of possibles, clicking on a different one makes it the default be it google, dogpile etc

there is even a link called "Get more search engines", gosh, wonder what that could do ? will let someone else explore smile

murphee

1 posts

90 months

Sunday 25th January 2009
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Ok, this is how you do in on a Mac:

Right-click on the FireFox icon within your Applications folder to open up the Contents folder for FireFox.

Here's the path to the file you need to edit: Applications > FireFox > Contents > MacOS > searchplugins > google.xml

Just open with a simple text editor (TextEdit, TextMate, nano) if you've got it, and change the part of the file that says:

<SearchForm>http://www.google.com/firefox</SearchForm>

to this:

<SearchForm>http://www.google.co.uk/firefox</SearchForm>

That should do it. You could change every instance of google.com to google.co.uk in that XML file to be comprehensive about it.