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Impossible to change default search query

  • I purchased this machine not long ago from the US, but installed opera while on vacation in Mexico. Now the default google search query is, which I do not prefer. I realize I can add another search engine, but you can't use an added search engine as a default. As I understand it, there is no way to change the default query setting, so I'm wondering if I have to do a complete reinstall of opera (on a vpn this time because I'm in Ecuador) in order to have as the default search query?? Also, I haven't been through the uninstall with Opera, so I'm curious the process to retain the user settings/files, etc. so I don't have to go through customizing all over again... or if perhaps Opera uninstall gives me the opportunity to keep those files?

    While I'm fairly tech savvy, having been a BA many years, too much moving and copying of system files and the like has always made me a tad nervous. Ideally it'll help if any instructions can be explained step by step with few buzzwords or acronyms. Any help will be MUCH appreciated! (:

    P.S. Is this something I overlooked at some point during setup perhaps and I had the choice initially (determined by the user at setup or initializing the app)?

    1. Totally uninstall Opera and then reinstall it in your current location, so Opera will set the default search location to it.

    Or you can try

    1. Edit the 'local state' file and change 'country code' and 'country from server'.
  • @leocg can you give me more specific instructions for option 2? I'm comfortable doing my own troubleshooting, but I do get anxious without explicit instructions... I'd much rather #2 than complete reinstall.

  • Go to About Opera and copy your profile directory (as in, highlight it and Ctrl-C or Copy from the context menu), then close Opera. Open a file browser and Paste your profile's location into the Location bar. You'll see a file there named Local State (no extension) - since it has no extension Windows will ask you what program to use to open it. Something like Notepad or any text editor will work fine. The File menu should include Find, have it search for Location. If you're currently in the US, you can just delete the section (the word Location and the three fields in braces that follow) and Opera will recreate that section when you next open it. Save the changes (make sure "All files" is selected in the Save dialog or Windows will want to add an extension) and you're done.