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How to set Google search preferences to English?


justme

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#1
Okay guys, here's a question about Google's search engine.

This may not be the most appropriate forum for this type of question, but I'll ask, since I'm here, and it is related to web browsers, sort of...

Whenever I search in Google I get the local google.rs, and a little box pops up on the right giving me an option to "Switch to English".

Now, I work from home, so I'm online all day and I search on Google quite a lot. I do not want to change my search engine, if I can fix the problem.

The problem is that I do not want it to keep redirecting to the local .rs google search engine, and then ask me every time if I want to switch to English or keep the local language. It's annoying, it wastes my time, and I've noticed that a lot of times if I change it to English it actually displays different results than it does if I let it search with the local .rs google search engine.

So...

Any way to change this gestapo setting and make it Always search the English search engine?

Thanks guys.


p.s I'm getting the same problem in Firefox and Chrome, so I'm guessing it's just Google imposing their will up over my will and being Fascist! :)
 

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You could use a google account (gmail etc) and set it there in their preferences and use chrome.

Alternatively if you use google.co.uk it doesn't force you into the language based on your IP like google.com does (in my case google.com switches to google.fr but google.co.uk seems to remain in English). I use this latter option.
 

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To get what you want to, you don't have to sign in to a Google account nor do you have to use Google.com instead of your local Google.rs. Cookies have to be allowed, though.

Do this:

Click Settings on bottom right at Google.rs, select Search settings:

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Select Language, set the preferred language for Google:

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Staying on Languages page, click Edit:

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Set languages in which you want results to be shown. Click Save and you are done:

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That works Kari, but one must keep the Google cookie or you'll have to take those steps every time one wants to use search.
 

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Yes, exactly as I mentioned. It's up to user to decide: achieving what this OP wants, allowing Google to store cookies is the only option. There are no other ways to save the language information.
 

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You could use a google account (gmail etc) and set it there in their preferences and use chrome.

Alternatively if you use google.co.uk it doesn't force you into the language based on your IP like google.com does (in my case google.com switches to google.fr but google.co.uk seems to remain in English). I use this latter option.
About using a google account. I have 2 google accounts, and I use one on chrome and 1 on firefox. I do the same thing on 2 different lap tops. This won't work because it would mean that I'd have to login every time and then search for things, I don't want to have to think about that every time...

As far as using google.co.uk, how would I set it as the Default? When I click in the upper right corner and the drop down menu appears, I can select Manage Search Engines, and then there is NO option to input a Custom URL there, I can only select "get more search engines" which will take me to an add-on sort of page, where if i look and search there is no .co.uk or anything else like that...
 

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Did you read my first post in this thread? It solves your issue, does exactly what you asked for.
 

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That works Kari, but one must keep the Google cookie or you'll have to take those steps every time one wants to use search.
Yes, exactly as I mentioned. It's up to user to decide: achieving what this OP wants, allowing Google to store cookies is the only option. There are no other ways to save the language information.
I do accept cookies, but they are deleted every time my browsers (firefox & chrome) are closed...

So that won't work.
 

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Did you read my first post in this thread? It solves your issue, does exactly what you asked for.
I did read it, and it does solve things for the casual user.

Anyone who cares to protect themselves and their privacy online, that won't work for those people...

But thank you for the effort you put into the post, I do appreciate it, honestly :)
 

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Apparently google has made it impossible to solve this problem in a simple way...

I'm thinking of switching to yahoo or duckduckgo...

I don't accept being forced into doing things! It bugs the heck outta me!
 

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That works Kari, but one must keep the Google cookie or you'll have to take those steps every time one wants to use search.
Yes, exactly as I mentioned. It's up to user to decide: achieving what this OP wants, allowing Google to store cookies is the only option. There are no other ways to save the language information.
I do accept cookies, but they are deleted every time my browsers (firefox & chrome) are closed...

So that won't work.
You are asking how to do a certain thing. The solution I told you is the only possible solution, it's up to you if you want to use it or not.

Allowing Google.rs to store cookies is the only solution. There's absolutely no other way to do this.

Did you read my first post in this thread? It solves your issue, does exactly what you asked for.
I did read it, and it does solve things for the casual user.

Anyone who cares to protect themselves and their privacy online, that won't work for those people...

But thank you for the effort you put into the post, I do appreciate it, honestly :)
First time I have been called a casual user, not caring about my privacy. Out of respect for forum rules, I cannot say honestly what I think of that comment. Let's try a mild, nice version: What an utterly nonsense and stupid comment!

Again: you have an issue. You have been told what the solution is. Your decision, of course, but you have to understand that there really are no other solutions.

Apparently google has made it impossible to solve this problem in a simple way...

I'm thinking of switching to yahoo or duckduckgo...

I don't accept being forced into doing things! It bugs the heck outta me!
How do you think Yahoo for example is doing this? Do you really think a website can store information about how you want to page be shown if you don't sign in to it and do not allow cookies?

Nobody is forcing you to do anything, that was not very clever from you to say that. You decide it yourself: you want your issue solved, you follow the instructions given.

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That works Kari, but one must keep the Google cookie or you'll have to take those steps every time one wants to use search.


I do accept cookies, but they are deleted every time my browsers (firefox & chrome) are closed...

So that won't work.
You are asking how to do a certain thing. The solution I told you is the only possible solution, it's up to you if you want to use it or not.

Allowing Google.rs to store cookies is the only solution. There's absolutely no other way to do this.

I did read it, and it does solve things for the casual user.

Anyone who cares to protect themselves and their privacy online, that won't work for those people...

But thank you for the effort you put into the post, I do appreciate it, honestly :)
First time I have been called a casual user, not caring about my privacy. Out of respect for forum rules, I cannot say honestly what I think of that comment. Let's try a mild, nice version: What an utterly nonsense and stupid comment!

Again: you have an issue. You have been told what the solution is. Your decision, of course, but you have to understand that there really are no other solutions.

Apparently google has made it impossible to solve this problem in a simple way...

I'm thinking of switching to yahoo or duckduckgo...

I don't accept being forced into doing things! It bugs the heck outta me!
How do you think Yahoo for example is doing this? Do you really think a website can store information about how you want to page be shown if you don't sign in to it and do not allow cookies?

Nobody is forcing you to do anything, that was not very clever from you to say that. You decide it yourself: you want your issue solved, you follow the instructions given.

Kari
Wow...

I could break what you said down and respond, like you did, but I won't... Peace! :)
 

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I don't think Google searches in any particular language or any particular domain. Language or domain are set according to your location. There's no Google server in Serbia. The .rs is just a reserved domain. Their servers are in just few places on Earth and all connected so whatever you search for, it searches on all of them. The offer on the first page is just for interface. You can see where I am from and I'm kinda proud .rs exists at all. Too bad they didn't register .srb (срб) too.
 

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I use a vpn connection.
I just changed it from UK to Prague to test the language thing.

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I'm in America, actually.
Hope this helps in some way. :)
 

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David, you have cookies allowed?
 

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Yes.
See 3rd screenshot. :)

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