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Old 07-16-2009, 02:15 AM   #1
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Using firefox from Europe


Hi,

I'm currently in Germany. When ever I open my browser(FF) it automatically takes me to the German 'equivalent' site on google
e.g www.google.de thus everything is in German.

how do I change this behavior so it takes me to the .com
site instead?

Thanks.
 
Old 07-16-2009, 02:17 AM   #2
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When you go to the German google, on the front page, below the search bar on the right side you should have the option "google.com in english", after you click that it will take you to google.com in english everytime. Thats how it was for me living outside of the US in different countries also... Its not a big problem though...
 
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Or may be use a direct address

http://208.67.217.231/
 
Old 07-16-2009, 06:12 AM   #4
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Or check the google's preferences (on the right of the search field), select your preferred language and save. Next time you open www.google.com it will be in the language you have selected. I don't know where it stores the preferences, maybe in a cookie?
 
Old 07-16-2009, 01:42 PM   #5
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It's not about the language Google is displayed in - it's about the search results which differ from country to country.

Even if the language is set to english, searching via google.de simply shows preferably sites from Germany. (Which depending on the subject and search string chosen, doesn't matter sometimes, but mostly it does...)

There was a very nice Google comparison-site - sadly, I forgot the URL.
 
Old 07-16-2009, 01:54 PM   #6
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At work, my proxy server is based in Germany which means I always have the German site shown. I then browse via Google to the UK site. Is this the case with you?
 
Old 07-17-2009, 12:16 AM   #7
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Quote:
Originally Posted by psychobyte View Post
how do I change this behavior so it takes me to the .com
site instead?
I use this url as my starting page:
Code:
http://www.google.com/webhp
It is google in english without any settings altered. (US/EN-Firefox)
 
Old 07-17-2009, 02:07 AM   #8
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Originally Posted by Su-Shee View Post
It's not about the language Google is displayed in - it's about the search results which differ from country to country.

Even if the language is set to english, searching via google.de simply shows preferably sites from Germany. (Which depending on the subject and search string chosen, doesn't matter sometimes, but mostly it does...)
Actually it is about the language settings which influence the search results, but I was talking about www.google.com. It is quite obvious that www.google.de is the german site and www.google.it is the italian one, but the world-wide .com depends on the language settings. Try to set different languages and you will get totally different results for the same search term.
 
Old 07-17-2009, 02:32 AM   #9
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changing the homepage language settings works. However, i noticed that using the search bar in firefox still takes me to the google.de site. is there a way to change this?
 
  


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