I have a new laptop bought on the USA but I am living in Spain at the moment. When I type www.google.com to use google to perform a search, it automatically changes to www.google.es That happened to me in other computers so I know that if I click "google.com in English" it goes to www.google.com. But with my laptop it immediately goes back to www.google.es and if I perform a search, it gives the results in spanish first. Searching for pictures or news is even more painful. Could anybody tell me how to change the settings so I can use www.google.com instead of www.google.es?
2- In the top right corner of Firefox where the different search engines bar, click on the little down arrow, then choose Manage Search Engines. It will open up for you a new window. At the bottom of this window, click on "Get more search engines".
It will open for you a add-ons page, write in the search box "google" to narrow the adds-on. then scroll down to an add-on called "English language-specific Google search". Click on Download now and your are done !
I think I can solve this problem for at least the default search in Internet Explorer 8.
On the search field in Internet Explorer click on Manage Search Providers and delete all names of google. If you havent added more than google then you should at least one more temporarily that is by clicking on Finding more providers and choose for instance Yahoo Search and set it as default and then you can delete Google.
Ok now in find more search providers page there is a link which is Create Your Own Provider
By clicking on it you see three fields which is URL, name and encoding.
I use Linux , I'm in the US on a US server and everything has worked fine for the past year until I installed Google Chrome. Uhm... IE. it's Google Chrome's fault. it redirects me to google.co.uk which is really weird... all of my settings are set to english, my region is set to US, my google preferences are set to english. It is really puzzling that it would redirect my www.google.com to google.co.uk
With all that said, www.google.com/ncr fixed my problem.
Why the "search engineers" at google believe there are only locals living in each country, i.e. there wouldn't be people who are INTERNATIONAL RESIDENTS is beyond me...surely a quick brainstorming session would throw that up in 2 minutes?
I'm in Canada, but need to use google.com because I check the position of my website there.
I changed my home page in Internet Options to http://www.google.com/intl/en/ Clidk on Apply and OK.
Now I load google.com instead of google.ca. All my searches are on google.com.