How do I change from Google.xx to

Google is one of the most widely used search engines in the world. Based on the location and IP of the user, Google automatically selects the preferred language of the country as the default language for the page. This sometimes can cause problems if the user is not a native of that country and is unfamiliar with the local language. This problem can be easily solved by changing the settings of the web browser. Most web browsers have the option of setting a custom home page and custom search engine which suits the user's needs better.


I have a new laptop which I bought in the USA, but am currently living in Spain. When I type to perform a search, it automatically changes to This has happened to me with other computers, and so I know that if I click " in English" it goes back to But with my laptop, it immediately goes back to and if I perform a search, it gives the results in Spanish first. Searching for pictures or news is even more difficult. How do I change the settings so I can use instead of


  • 1- Set Firefox's Home Page to
    • Tools> Options> General Tab> Copy paste address in the Home Page field and click on "Use current page"
  • 2- In the top right corner of Firefox where the different search engines are displayed,
    • Click on the little down arrow, then choose Manage Search Engines.
    • A new window will open.
    • At the bottom of this window, click on "Get more search engines".
    • The add-ons page will open.
    • Type "Google" in the Search field
    • Scroll down to an add-on called "English language-specific Google search".
    • Click on Download now. That's it!


Thanks to Bandar for this tip on the forum.


Published by jak58. Latest update on March 11, 2012 at 12:32 PM by EloiseHorsfield.
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