How to put Google search results controls in the language you actually speak

This article shows you how to put the options and controls on the Google search results page in the language you actually speak, rather than the official language of the country in which you (or your Internet Provider) are located.

Tonight I noticed that the Google search results are still in English, but the option links and controls (eg Next-page, Images, Videos) are all displayed in the Irish language (known as Galeic to some people) presumably because I’m in Ireland, and it was (until a couple of hours ago) St. Patrick’s Day.

This is great from Google. But unfortunately a lot of people here – yes, even those who have been learning Irish at school for 14 years – don’t really speak Irish. And I personally didn’t even go to school here, so I can’t even say “Please, can I go to the bathroom” (the first Irish language phrase learned by many Irish children).

So putting these words back in English is quite important for me: I can guess where Images / Videos / Next are, because I use them so often. but I can’t remember what the rest of the items in the search results menu bar are.

Problem; Google calls my city by its Irish name, which I can’t even pronounce correctly, let alone find on a map!

How to change the control language of the Google search engine results page (SERP) to a different language

This sounds like it should be simple. And I managed to do it: in half an hour since I started this article, the Google search results page has controls in English again.

But I’m having a hard time identifying what made the difference and changed the language of the controls that were shown to me. Because I’m pretty sure it wasn’t something I changed.

Now, my best advice is to browse your own Search Preference page, and check that it works in the order you said. If not, ask for help from the IT people in your office or organization.

Note – this is not the same language as your actual search results, just the controls that allow you to scroll through the search results. #


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