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Google regional settings issues.

by kasua4522 / October 5, 2010 1:51 AM PDT

I am a united states soldier stationed in germany, i have a pc bought in the united states and the english version of mozilla firefox installed on my computer however when i type in url's ending in .com most of them are redirected to .de, and when i search for items using any type of search engine the results all turn up in german. i have translator add-on installed for firefox and, while useful it is very innacurate. so i guess my question is how can i change the locale or region settings to eliminate this issue. thank you!

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You've asked a very interesting question
by MDFlax / October 5, 2010 9:34 PM PDT

and a difficult one I fear. I had, (sneakily), tracked your discussion hoping some tech wizard would reply with an easy answer so I could try it out myself, but day 2 and no replies, so I have tried to do a bit of research myself.

I used Google itself with the term How to change Google regional settings. There may be better terms to search for.

Google is geared to supply advertising based on your IP address. It recognises your IP location, (Germany), and so targets ads for Germany. Advertising is Google's business and so it seems to me that search results are listed according to the IP criteria, in your case, German.

Try this, if you haven't already done so. Google main page, then "Language Tools" to the right of the search box. In the new page, look for the "Specify Language" option and select. Then choose English as the language. If there is a "Save Preferences" button, click that. If that helps, you may be able to disable the Firefox translator add-on.

I have just seen, scrolled down on that page, a list of nations flags and "Visit Google's Site in Your Local Domain". However, for the life of me I cannot find the USofA flag. I can see my own, (UK), but not US. That might be worth a try, possibly using the UK flag option.

There's an involved discussion about this here;

You might find that useful, but I would guess that, at the end of the day, you may be limited to Google searching based on your location.

Not good, but I hope it helps.


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this worked for me
by jonah jones / October 6, 2010 1:00 PM PDT

i live in Israel and here it always defaults to

my work around was to click on a link in an email

try clicking this google


if you're anywhere near Munich or Augsburg, have a beer for me Happy


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Maybe it's late but I reply for future reference.
by ElStellino / January 4, 2012 7:41 PM PST

This is my experience: I always had problem with all the google searches I was performing since I moved to Lithuania.
Not my researches launched from my homepage which is, but all the researches I do right clicking an highlighted word and selecting "Search with google" all the result were in Lithuanian, which I don't speak at all.
Today I researched online and found very little. I decided then to work it out by myself because I am here since June 2011 and still at today's date my quick searches were displayed in Lithuanian.

Well, not any more.
If you go here
you can set up your language under the fourth paragraph.

In here then you should see English, if not change for it.

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