Google Search Address URL

Discussion in 'macOS' started by catgo, Nov 12, 2010.

  1. catgo macrumors member

    Jun 8, 2007
    Miami, FL
    I accidentally erased google search from my default search engine in google chrome, now im being asked for the search URL to re-add it. Anyone knows what it is?

    Tried with no success. Apparently the url is quite complicated, containing question marks and "%"

    Any help?
  2. Mal macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    The easiest way to find that sort of information is to do a search, then look in the address bar and copy/paste the URL, minus the actual search query you used. Thus, if I search for Apple in Google, I get and I can simply replace the word Apple with the Chrome character that indicates the search query. In Google's case, though, we can simplify this more, especially since it specifically indicates Safari in my search (since I used Safari's search bar).

    The URL to use for Google just to do a simple search would be

    I don't recall if there's a wildcard character they want you to use to represent the actual search query or if you can just copy/paste that into the search bar field though.

  3. dusk007 macrumors 68040


    Dec 5, 2009
    Actually I was wondering something similar a week ago. It is actually pretty straight forward and very uncomplicated in the newest chrome.
    Just typ in or any language country specific version you might prefer and to nothing but some random search.

    Next right click on the address bar -> edit search engines.
    The search engine you just used to the random search should appear under "other search engines". You can make it default as in if you just typ without www or any top level domain it is recognized as a search query for this search engine.
    If you create other search engines this way which aren't default you can give them little shortcuts. Like w for wikipedia. Next time you simply typ w a space and for whatever you are looking.

    The wildcard for Chrome is %s but you really don't need it.

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