How to use Google.com as a default in Chrome rather than country specific TLD domain
Millions of people use Google to search their queries from different browsers in a day. When we open a Google search engine it shows country TLD by using our IP location. For example, if you live in Australia then it shows Google.com.au as a default and if you live in India then it shows google.co.in as a default. This is because Google thinks that localize result for the particular country is more useful for you rather than global result.
There are many queries which give an accurate result when a search with global URL of Google i.e. google.com, but there are some other reasons when we need global results. Sometimes web surfers who frequently need global result are tired to switch from country specific to google.com.
Mainly we click on Google.com written at the right bottom of the homepage page to get international result. Below is the trick that will help you to use Google.com as a default in Chrome rather than a country TLD domain.
The simple way is to type google.com/ncr (ncr means no country redirect). It will not redirect you to the country specific result.
Another trick is to edit the preference setting file of Google chrome.
Let’s see how to do that:
- First of all close your Google Chrome browser.
- Then Go to Chrome directory \Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\
- Search Preferences file in the default directory and open in a text editor like Notepad or TextEdit.
- After opening the file in the editor search for lines include “last_known_google_url” and “last_prompted_google_url”.
- At the end of that line you will see Google URL “http://www.google.tld” here .tld may be .co.uk, .com.au, .fr etc.
- Now change these URL’s to www.google.com if you want it as default. You may use any other TLD of Google like google.nl, google.co.in etc.
- At the end save the file and restart Chrome.
This trick should take two to three minutes to implement, but save your valuable time.
If the above trick does not work or you don’t want to edit the chrome file, then there are many extensions available for the browser. The one and the most used by SEO experts are Google Global Redfly. With this extension, you can search by any TLD of Google within two clicks.