How to Use Google Chrome Address Bar for Search?

Most of us use Google Chrome browser’s address bar to open an URL of a site but the fact is that Google Chrome supports the search function directly from the address bar. The feature of combining search with the address bar is called as omnibox.

When you enter a keyword in the address bar Chrome will suggest the following options:

  • to search the keyword using default search engine
  • other links stored in bookmarks, history and recent downloads
  • related keyword search option using default search engine

Google Chrome Omnibox Search
Google Chrome Omnibox Search

Omnibox removes the need of using separate search box and opening the website every time for search. The power of omnibox relies on the default search engine set for the browser which you can change as explained below.

Setting Search Engine for Omnibox

Open Chrome browser and click on the settings icon (three lines button) located on the upper right corner. Click on the “Settings” tab and then navigate to “Search” section as shown in the picture beside.

Managing Search Engines for Omnibox
Managing Search Engines for Omnibox

Click on the “Manage search engines” button to see default and other search engines stored in the browser. Chrome automatically will index the search engine whenever you use a search box of any site. For example, if you use the search box located in the header section of this site then you will see this site address in the other search engines section as shown in the below picture.

Selecting Default Search Engine in Chrome
Selecting Default Search Engine in Chrome

Move your mouse over any of the links to see the “Make default” button. Click on it to make that search engine as a default search engine for your omnibox. You can also enter your own search engine details in the input box and make it as a default one.

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Internet Explorer and Firefox offers the option to add a separate search box next to the address bar but the search box is removed in Google Chrome with the introduction of omnibox.

Since Google earns most of its revenue from ads shown in the search results, increasing the possibility of searching fast will have a direct impact on its revenue.

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1 thought on “How to Use Google Chrome Address Bar for Search?”

  1. I don’t use the omnibox very much to search, the reason is because I don’t like to type keywords in order to change the search type and I don’t know all the search engines. I have an extension called SearchBar, the extension makes suggestions when typing in its input filed just like the omnibox, the search engines are completely customized and their buttons are visible, when we select text it fills its input filed by the selected text, and it lets also highlight and find the search terms on the page. If you want this extension too download it from here:


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