Search provider for IE8 and firefox

Microsoft Windows xp professional w/serv...
December 2, 2010 at 00:37:32
Specs: Windows XP, 1G
Why is it everytime my google search provider default to the country I am in, when I use IE 8 or firefox in the search bar the default search provider is google in english and when I go to do a search it's in Chinese, it's changes no matter if I replace it again and again, How to make it fixed to English?
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#1
December 2, 2010 at 00:49:52
kiwi_hk, in either, you can specify your default preference. Recommend you access it and copy the url to your clipboard and then paste it in your default preference. That'll eliminate similarities in the current and desired.
HTH.
Ed in Texas.

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#2
December 2, 2010 at 16:44:13
HOw do I do that, can't seem to see anywhere under manage addon in IE 8 or under manage search engine list in firefox. That is where I want the default search rather than going to website google. I usually search for it under find search provider and click add.

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#3
December 2, 2010 at 18:17:28
I think that's just the way Google and probably other search providers work so you can't change it. I don't think it has anything to do with Add-ons or any other setting in IE or Firefox. Has it ever been any different?

Best way around this is to get the URL and use this to put a button on your IE Favorites bar and/or Firefox Bookmarks Toolbar so you can go to it in one click.

Alternatively you could make Google (in English) your home page and use a bar button to get to whatever home page you normally like to go to - assuming it is not already Google.

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#4
December 3, 2010 at 21:04:11
kiwi_hk, SWAG (working from memory here), seems I recall that you can RIGHTCLICK on IE and select 'properties' to bring up the various default settings (home page, search engine, etc.)?
HTH.
Ed in Texas.

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#5
December 4, 2010 at 11:23:33
Ed

No Properties by right clicking anywhere in IE. There might be some setting for the search bar that I've missed but as far as I know it is all done from its dropdown.

I've assumed the poster is talking about the one on the top right (also in Firefox) which looks a bit like the address bar.

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#6
December 5, 2010 at 02:34:14
Derek, yours and mine are different (?). On mine RIGHTCLICK the icon to conjure a dropdown containing the option.
HTH.
Ed in Texas.

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#7
December 5, 2010 at 06:34:15
On mine you left click the "drop down arrow" and it lists the search providers, with the chosen default option at the top in bold. What icon do you mean?

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#8
December 5, 2010 at 22:05:22
Derek, IE. If we're gonna continue this discussion, suggest we start a new thread to minimize confusion.
HTH.
Ed in Texas.

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#9
December 6, 2010 at 09:21:58
Ed

I think the poster might have vanished anyhow.

As for the differences in what we are seeing, probably unable to resolve without posting screen captures. You can change the layout of toolbars in IE so that might be what is causing confusion - we have things in different places.

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#10
December 12, 2010 at 23:54:09
I think I have fixed it, all I need in IE 8 is to have the google search provider on the second line and have bing at the top, make the google the default and it will always stay in english.

Not sure what I can do for firefox.


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#11
December 13, 2010 at 09:25:23
Sorry that I thought you might have vanished (such a lot of posters never come back).

Glad to hear that you have at least got IE8 sorted. I have no suggestions for Firefox. Maybe you will wrinkle out some means of doing a similar thing with that too. Keep watching because there is always the possibility that someone will spot this post and have some ideas.

Thanks for taking the trouble to pop back and update us on your progress.

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