Google: Go to the Generic (English) Google Site Instead of the Regional Page

   Posted November 11, 2004 by David Kirk in Google

Google likes to redirect users to regional Google pages. This tutorial explains how to reset Google to the US version.

Google tries to be smart. Sometimes, it tries to be too smart.

If Google thinks you are from a foreign country or region, it likes to redirect you to your regional Google page. For most people, using their own regional page makes sense. However, this would be annoying if you prefer the plain, generic English version.

These steps worked for me:

    1. Open Internet Explorer (IE).
    2. Clear your cookies.
    3. Allow your system to accept cookies.
    4. Navigate to the following:

Clicking on the Google in English link in Google should reset your cookies as well.

For those of you who are interested, the “ncr” probably stands for “no country redirect.”

If anybody has a better way, please let me know. Some people just bookmark the English links, but that does not seem to be as clean to me.


About David Kirk

David Kirk is one of the original founders of tech-recipes and is currently serving as editor-in-chief. Not only has he been crafting tutorials for over ten years, but in his other life he also enjoys taking care of critically ill patients as an ICU physician.
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  • Caspers

    Any Idea to redirect the *Google Site* page i.e,
    to English Language.?

    coz it makes so upset..

  • Wulf Solter

    In firefox, type “google” and then Ctrl-Enter 😉

  • Anonymous

    Great, what’s ‘IE’

    • Tor

      IE = Internet Explorer

  • t1t0
  • Tami

    This worked! Thanks!!!

  • Tami

    This worked! Thanks!!!

  • JayRodney

    As an American living in Finland that doesn’t understand a word of Finnish, I found when I first moved here 7 years ago.
    A real lifesaver for me.
    The linguistics issues are deep in Google. All my language prefs are in English on my account; in fact I set it up in the States.
    Recently I attempted to set up Google adsense for my website All was well till I got my TOS agreement and instructions on how to set it up…
    in Finnish. *sigh*
    The whole thing breaks down at this level, language is easily set to whatever until something important comes along then they force region on you.
    It’s something they need to correct, and instead of offering solutions, so far it’s my problem for not learning Finnish.


    When you go to, then on the upper right corner there is the Settings button.
    Click on it and will show a dropdown and then choose “User Settings”.

    You must pick up the language you need to display and then Save.

    It will work permanently