September 6th, 2008
Opening a new tab in Chrome is quite a different experience to what happens in Firefox or Internet Explorer. Chrome brings up a useful page with your most commonly visited sites, recently closed tabs, recent bookmarks, and several different search options.
Being Australian, I like to use Google’s Australia webpage. It loads faster, and can give me more relevant search results. So, I was a bit confused when the new tab ‘Quick Search’ defaulted to Google UK. I’ll be putting up a tutorial on how to change this in the next few days, but here’s the quick version.
- Right click in the ‘Omni-bar’ (the address bar) and select ‘Edit Search Engines…’
- Look for the Quick Search entry. Mine was under ‘Other Search Engines’ and was called ‘Google (UK) quick search. Select it, and press Edit.
- Change the name to something more appropriate, such as ‘Google (AU) Quicksearch’. In the URL, change google.co.uk to google.com.au. Leave the beginning and ending bits as they are.
And you’re done! We’ll be looking at search in Chrome in a lot more detail soon – it’s very powerful, and is definitely not limited to just searching Google…