How to “lock” the default search in the Chrome browser


Downloaded it yesterday – mainly to make sure my main business websites work in it – and to have a bit of a play.

Initial thoughts:

Generally, fine it isn’t too radical that I take one look and run away crying, and there are naturally some pluses and minuses.

A big plus for me is the user controllable text box size – so the (far too many) websites which provide a text box to type in which is the size of a proverbial postage stamp can now have the text box enlarged by the user.

That is a really, really clever idea and on its own almost enough to make me switch browsers.

However, they have completely removed the url bar and its history – which is going to really screw up how I use a browser for some of my applications. I guess it is something I will have to get used to as Firefox effectively killed off the url bar with its bloody stupid “awesome” bar a few months ago, so I presume the death of the url bar drop down history is inevitable.

So far, there is no Google toolbar – and while it can be argued that it won’t be necessary for the average user, the toolbar did have some useful extras which I used for my work.

I feel uncomfortable without the status bar at the bottom of the page, or a strip of menu options at the top – but that is a personal foible.

The lack of a “page refresh” option in the right-click menu on my mouse though – that is annoying and very odd.


The url bar doubles up as a search bar as well – and you can customise the search options if you don’t want Google as the default.

However, it is rather difficult to further customise the Google search so that is sticks with the .com site and doesn’t keep bouncing you to the local version (in my case, either .de or

The method to fix the search to the country (or .com) of your choice is as follows:

Go to tools, then options.

Now click on the default search manage button:

Now click on “add” to add a new search function.

Type in a suitable name ( and a keyword (google), then paste in the string below into the search box.{google:RLZ}{google:acceptedSuggestion}{google:originalQueryForSuggestion}sourceid=chrome&ie={inputEncoding}&q=%s

(edit the .com bit if you want to lock it to a specific other country)

Save the entry and then highlight it in the list of search options and click on “Make Default”.

Now all your Google Chrome searches will run via a fixed Google site and not keep bouncing to the local option where you happen to be (or your IP address thinks you are).

For tidiness sake, you might want to delete the old google search option while you are there.

As an aside, when I was begining in web work – the Netscape browsers called the toolbars/url bar/status bar the “browser chrome” which surrounded the main display section for the website, so there is a bit of heritage in the name Google has chosen for its new browser.


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7 comments on “How to “lock” the default search in the Chrome browser
  1. Peter says:

    Google need watching carefully, they are on the same mission Microsoft were not so long ago, which is to take total control. Their browser is latest step in that direction.
    AYour derogatory comment on Firefox’s Awesome bar was a little unkind, I for one find it very efficient and useful. It saves me an awful lot of time guessing a website address, searching through bookmarks and dare I day it – using Google.

  2. IanVisits says:

    The awesome toolbar is like Marmite, you either love it or hate it.

    I fit firmly into the hate it department – along with a lot of people.

    I wouldn’t have minded so much if Firefox had provided a simple “off switch” which enables people to go back to the classic mode – but they chose not to do that for some inexplicable reason.

    For that reason, I hate it even more.

  3. Michael says:

    Being able to alter the size of text boxes has been on Safari on the Mac since the Leopard upgrade, and it is very useful. Certainly don’t like the sound of the awesome bar though.

    Will be interesting to see what the Mac version’s like, me thinks…

  4. Charles says:

    Hey thanks for this i can now get chrome to search in but the “use a suggestion service….” tick box is no longer selectable.. how do i enable this??

  5. Nick says:

    Been playing around with setting the default search engine and managed to screw everything up. Therefore tried adding a new one with the specifications you just gave, but the OK button stays greyed out. Any idea’s?

  6. Nick says:

    Fixed it, there was a typo… my bad!

  7. Ket says:

    Great tip on the default search URL.
    Many thanks fella!

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