Google May Be Google In Any Language But The Search Results Ain’t!
Like a lot of people, if your browsers homepage is set to www.google.com you’ll notice something it when you’re in another country – it redirects itself to whatever the local country version of Google is for the country you’re in at the time.
So for example, if you’re in the UK it will shoot off to google.co.uk or in Canada it will redirect to google.ca and so on.
Whilst this is mildly annoying and often inconvenient it can be a real problem if you are in a non-English speaking country (for all us English speakers).
I recently moved to Lithuania and don’t really speak much of the language so imagine my frustration when I try to google something and I’m presented with a bunch of results in Lithuanian!
The same would apply if say you’re on vacation to Spain, France or Mexico. Google.es, google.fr and google.com.mx respectively present themselves.
Thankfully, Google have been clever enough to provide a way around this problem although it’s not immediately obvious.
When your Google homepage redirects itself to whatever country’s Google homepage that you are in at the time simply click the link under the search as shown below.
Making It Permanent
If you want to make sure that Google always goes to google.com in English when you open your web browser then simply make the homepage of your browser http://www.google.com/ncr
The /ncr on the end of Google.com means No Country Redirect. Thank Google!