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How to Force Google Search To Stick to Your Home Country When You Search Abroad – [How To]


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One of the singularly most annoying things about Google is when you try and do a search while you’re abroad for work or on vacation and Google insists on delivering the local language page of results for the country you are visiting. [image - shutterstock]

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Actually it’s more than annoying, it’s infuriating, especially when you’re faced with a page full of foreign language gibberish you can’t understand, and results which match. It’s like being trapped in a box full of aliens with no coffee or cookies. Yes, that annoying. Well now we’re happy to offer up an excellent instant cure.

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All you have to do is add /ncr to the end of your chosen Google search site and you’re good to go. The acronym stands for ‘no country redirect‘ and ensures that Google will respect the search country you want instead of serving up the local one. Brilliant!!

You can add the /ncr to any Google country you want, .co.uk, .se, .co.kr, etc etc, and it will always ensure that you get that country’s search, which is great even when you want to search a particular country for something when you’re not there.

For example I will now use it in order to do searches for local businesses (like florists) if I need to send gifts to someone abroad. Yes you can use maps, but this is actually more powerful to start with. Remember this!!

Nigel is the managing editor of the Red Ferret, as well as a freelance columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper in London. Loves tech and fancies himself as a bit of a futurist, but then don’t we all?

Nigel – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.



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