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Chrome, but without the Google location thingy

Monday, 12 December, 2011

In his review of the best tech things of 2011, Farhad Manjoo of Slate picks Google’s Chrome Web browser. Says he: “Google quietly updates Chrome seemingly every few minutes, so naturally it got even better in 2011. Among other improvements, the company added something called Instant Pages, a system that ‘preloads’ the first Google search result into the browser’s memory. This makes for faster searching — when you click on the first link in any Google result, the page loads up in pretty much no time at all.” And he adds, “This month, Chrome’s market share surpassed that of Firefox. Download it now and help it beat Internet Explorer.”

It’s the best browser by far, but Chrome can be a bit too clever at times for Rainy Day’s liking. Consider the feature that allows Google search to detect one’s location and then determine the search results that are served. Might be a bit too intrusive for some, which means turning the function off, which is a nightmare because it is really persistent and Chrome does not offer a clear cut way to leave the maze.

After much weeping and gnashing of teeth, Rainy Day figured it out. Here’s how to do it: In “Basics”, go to “Search” and then “Manage search engines”. Then scroll down to “Other search engines” and make one of those your default search engine. One that’s done, scroll up to “Default search options” and delete Google. Yes, it’s a scary thing to do, but every now and then one must be like David Cameron and do the brave thing. Now, recreate your new Google search engine using the syntax http://www.google.com/search?q=%s. After you have made this the default search engine, Google will drop the annoying location function in Chrome. But why does it have to be this complicated?


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