1 From the Google homepage, click Settings (bottom-right) to access your settings, web history
and more. You can also access the advanced search here.
2 In the Settings screen, click Location
on the left and enter your current town or postcode. This will not be obvious, but it helps a lot in a variety of searches.
3 You should also check the other options like Google Instant, which will predict results as you type, and choose if you want results to open in a new browser window.