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Selecting your preferred Google search engine

If you’re using Google.com search as your default search engine in the address bar and you’re outside the United States, you may notice that the Google search engine is from a country-specific site (e.g. http://www.google.co.uk in the UK) rather than http://www.google.com. Google uses your computer’s IP address and cookies to determine your location and the corresponding Google search engine to use. If you’d rather use regular Google web search in your address bar, follow these steps:

  1. Go to http://www.google.com. If you’re redirected to a country-specific site, click the Google.com in English link that’s usually located at the bottom of the local Google site.
  2. Perform a search. This action will save your preference for using the regular Google web search engine in a cookie.
  3. Close all your Google Chrome windows to exit the browser completely.
  4. Open a new Google Chrome window.

The Google Chrome address bar should now be set to use the regular Google.com search as your search engine.

Find search engine URL

When adding or editing a search engine option, you need to set the search engine’s URL, in addition to its keyword and name. To determine the URL for a search engine, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the search engine you want to add as a search engine option and do a search.
  2. Copy and paste the URL of the search results page into the URL field in the ‘Search Engines’ dialog box.
    Keep in mind that the URL for the search results page is slightly different from the website URL. For example, while you’d go to http://www.google.com to access Google, the URL you’ll add here is from the search results page, http://www.google.com/search?q=cucumbers (assuming you did a search for the term ‘cucumbers’).
  3. Replace your search term(s) with ‘%s’ in the URL. When you type a search query in the address bar, the query will automatically be inserted in place of ‘%s.’ For example, with the URL http://www.google.com/search?q=%s, typing ‘coffee’ in the address bar will automatically bring up Google search results for ‘coffee’ by opening the URL http://www.google.com/search?q=coffee.

Remove search engine options

Google Chrome automatically saves a list of the search engines you’ve encountered while browsing the Internet. If a particular search engine doesn’t prove useful, you can manually remove a search engine from the list.

  1. Click the Tools menu.
  2. Select Options.
  3. Click the Basics tab.
  4. Click the Manage button to open the ‘Search Engines’ dialog box.
  5. Select the search engine from the list.
  6. Click the Remove button.
  7. Click the Close buttons for the ‘Search Engines’ and ‘Google Chrome Options’ dialog boxes when you’re done.

Add or edit search engine options

Google Chrome automatically saves a list of the search engines you’ve encountered while browsing the Internet. For example, if you visit http://www.youtube.com, the browser auto-detects and adds the YouTube search engine to your list of search engines, in case you want to quickly search YouTube later on, after you leave the website.

To add or edit your search engine options, first open the ‘Search Engines’ dialog box:

  1. Click the Tools menu.
  2. Select Options.
  3. Click the Basics tab.
  4. Click the Manage button in the ‘Default search’ section.

To add a new search engine, click the Add button. To edit an existing search engine, select the search engine and click the Edit button. Provide the following information:

  • Name: Nickname for the search engine.
  • Keyword: This field is optional. Fill out this field if you want to create a text shortcut for the search engine.
  • URL: Type the URL for the search engine into this field.

Click the Close buttons for the ‘Search Engines’ and ‘Google Chrome Options’ dialog boxes after you’re done. Now you can type the search engine’s keyword in the address bar followed by your search query to quickly perform the search on the search engine.

 Find in page

Keyboard shortcut: Ctrl+F

To find specific words or terms on any webpage, follow these steps to open the find box.

  1. Click the Page menu.
  2. Select Find in page.
  3. Type in your query.
  4. Press Enter on your keyboard.

Google Chrome automatically searches the webpage as you type your query, highlighting potential matches in yellow. The total number of matches is displayed within the find box. Click the arrows at the end of the bar to quickly jump between different search matches (or try various keyboard shortcuts). The specific match is highlighted in orange, to distinguish it from other matches on the page.

Search your history, bookmarks, and downloads

Use the search boxes on the top of your History page (Ctrl+H), Downloads page (Ctrl+J), and bookmark manager (Ctrl+Shift+B) to quickly locate items in your web history and bookmarks.

  • Search your browsing history
    Search the full-text of the webpages you’ve visited using Google Chrome, stored in your History page. (Note: The History page doesn’t store pages from secure websites, those you’ve visited in incognito mode, or those you deleted from your browsing history.) You can even view thumbnails of webpages you’ve seen in the search results. Matches to your browsing history also automatically appear whenever you start typing in the address bar. Click the History link above the search boxes to return to a full list.
  • Search your downloads
    Search the file names and URL sources of all your downloads, recorded in your Downloads page. The icon next to each download lets you quickly identify its file type. Click the Downloads link above the search boxes to return to a full list.
  • Search your bookmarks
    Search for the full titles of your bookmarks and see their exact URLs and the folder they’re filed in. Results show up as you enter your search term in the search box.

 

Source:google.com

Comments

  1. Caroline Mornement on February 18, 2010 at 10:51 am said:

    I have successfully downloaded Google Chrome to my mac using Mac OS X.5 but when I click on the icon (now in my applications folder ) a message comes up sayingn I cannot use it as it is not supported by ‘this architecture’.
    Can you advise what I should do to make it useable please?
    Regards Caroline Mornement

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