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Saturday, August 20, 2011

VERY USEFUL : Permanently Set '' as Your Preferred Domain Version of Google Homepage - via Google Operating System Blog

Permanently Set '' as Your Preferred Domain Version of Google Homepage - via Google Operating System Blog

When a non-US user visits the Google homepage, they are automatically redirected to the local version of the search engine for that country. This country version can be identified by looking at its tld (postfix after the dot sign in the domain name) which is for Indian users, for British users, and so on. This redirection happens because Google believes that the local country data is more relevant and can give more information to what a user is looking for on the web.

Now, if you rather prefer the international version for its better results or for the latest features then we had an article to stop Google country search but this method may not always work.

Here is a quick solution to set as your preferred Google homepage which works perfectly in Chrome.

First of all, close all Chrome windows
Then open your chrome user profile directory. Locations vary by operating system, you find yours at:
Windows XP: %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\
Windows Vista and Windows 7: %LOCALAPPDATA%\Google\Chrome\User Data\
Mac OS X: ~/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/Default
Linux: ~/.config/google-chrome/Default
In that directory, open the file named “Local State” in your favorite text editor. Note that it doesn’t have an extension.
Now search for “last_known_google_url” and change the Google URL from from “” (,, etc.) to “” Do the same for “last_prompted_google_url” as well.

Chrome Local State

Once you have made the changes to both lines, just save the file and restart your Chrome browser.
That’s it! Try visiting Google and you should land on the global page. Following the same steps, you can also set any localized country specific Google version as the homepage.

Note: If you get a prompt to switch to your local domain, choose the second – ‘keep’ – option.

via Google Operating System Blog

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