Google Chrome is ever-evolving and adding new features all the time. While you have the ability to search through your history, settings, and bookmarks, it seems that Google wants to make the process even quicker and easier. An upcoming flag will let you search those things using your Omnibox.
Chrome will let you search your history, settings, and bookmarks using your Omnibox
Sometimes, we just have a lot of items to dig through when we want to find a setting or an item in our history. If you visit hundreds of web pages every day, you don’t want to spend time scrolling through all of the entries just to find one page. This is why, when you go to those sections, there’s a search bar up top.
Even though that’s convenient, Google is working to make that process even quicker. According to Chrome Story, the company is working on an experimental new flag that will let you search up your settings, bookmarks, and history using your browser’s Omnibox (Omnibox is just a fancy way of saying “address bar”). Usually, people can try out new flags when Google launches them, but this one hasn’t launched just yet.
Since it hasn’t officially come from Google yet, you need to take this news with a grain of salt. It isn’t available on any beta version of Chrome just yet, so the jury is still out on whether we’ll see this come to fruition or not.
How will this feature work?
If you want to search up settings, you have to go to the actual settings in the main menu. There, you’ll be greeted by a search bar. However, with this new flag, you’ll be able to search different settings just by typing in your Omnibox. So far, it looks like you’ll have to type @ then whatever you’re looking for. For example, type @settings in the Omnibox, and you’ll be able to search your settings right then and there.
There’s no word on when this will actually be tested, let alone officially launched. If this does reach the testing stage, it will most likely reach beta and Canary versions of Google Chrome. If you want to try this feature out when it reaches the testing stage, you’ll have to enable the flag when that happens.
Just keep in mind that when enabling experimental flags in Chrome, you’re trying out experimental and unstable features. You should expect to experience bugs and shaky performance when trying them out.