7 Replies Latest reply: Nov 25, 2012 10:49 AM by Sarah Woodbury
Sarah Woodbury Level 1 (5 points)

Is there any way to change region settings for the unified search bar? It seems to return the same results as a search on Google.com, which is rather frustrating as I live in the UK and very rarely want to buy anything from Walmart.


MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.5), Safari 6.0.2
  • seventy one Level 6 (13,210 points)

    Yes.   You need to set Google to UK pages only.   That means typing in www.google.co.uk.   Between you and me, it doesn't always work but it's much better that using the US version.

  • Klaus1 Level 8 (47,745 points)

    If you want to fix your Google search to a specific Google location, or a specific search engine, I recommend that you download and install the free plug-in Glims:

     

    http://www.machangout.com/

     

    which not only does that but much more equally useful stuff! Such as enabling Safari to run full-screen, and more.)

     

    (It adds items to Safari Preferences).

     

    Not only does it already list a number of search engines and regions, but you can also add any other search engine not already listed in Glims by using the method described here:

     

    http://www.machangout.com/tutorials/addsearchengine

     

    Just enter the name you give the search engine in the name field, and the URL for it in the Query URL field.

  • Sarah Woodbury Level 1 (5 points)

    I'm not sure what you mean - do you mean typing in "google.co.uk" into the unified search bar, and then searching for my key words on the Google UK website? That's exactly what I'm doing now, but it's clunky and irritating.

  • Sarah Woodbury Level 1 (5 points)

    Fantastic, and exactly what I was looking for. I'm very sorry that I clicked "This helped me", I meant to go for "This solved my question" but my iPad hates me. And now I can't change it. But thank you, that was extraordinarily helpful!

  • seventy one Level 6 (13,210 points)

    Greetings Sarah,

     

    Sorry to see the apology; it does happen sometimes as Klaus1 knows.   What I meant to convey was ...

     

    If you type www.google.co.uk into the google search bar it will produce the google UK screen.  

     

    I should have gone on to say that if you then make that your home page, every time you start your machine you will go direct to the Google UK site.   Anything you want of UK origin will then be open to you.

     

    Your bookmarks bar will still show any bookmarked sites which you can also achieve via top sites.

     

    The reference to not always working was one from behind a cupped hand.   Google has a habit of turning up US pages when they aren't wanted.

  • Klaus1 Level 8 (47,745 points)

    No worries Sarah, the important thing is that you found a solution to the problem!

  • Sarah Woodbury Level 1 (5 points)

    Thanks for that, seventy one, but I was hoping for a way to set the unified search bar to automatically return Google UK results, rather than having to go to the Google UK page. Klaus1's answer was spot on, with even more bells and whistles that I'll devote some time to exploring!