Google Chrome users will soon be able to type commands in the address bar to save time. The change, which is currently slow to roll out, saves users from having to dig through the settings menus to find the option they want. If you type “clear search history” in the address bar instead, a shortcut for the option will appear.
Like triggering a new Google search or navigating to a website, users can press Enter to select the suggestion. Google was one of the first to re-use the address bar at the top of the web browser, converting it from a small text box where users had to enter a URL in full, to an optional Google search box.
With the latest extension, Chrome Actions, Google has expanded what users can do again using the address bar. In addition to being the starting point for a Google search, entering a URL, and searching your browser history, it’s also used to find commonly used settings for changing options in the browser.
Given the multitude of functions that are grouped together in a small text box, it makes sense that Google no longer calls the address bar the “address bar”. Instead, it’s known as the Omnibox. Chrome Actions are part of the launch of version 87, which also brought a number of speed improvements for Chrome users on macOS, Windows 10 and Chrome OS. And on laptops, the latest version of Chrome also included a battery life extension.
According to the brilliant team at Techdows who first discovered the new feature, Chrome Actions are slowly rolling out around the world right now, but will not be available by default once your browser has been updated to Chrome 87. Instead, you have to make sure you reach into the settings menu to enable it. To do this, enter the following chrome: // flags into the Omnibox and press Enter.
This will load a menu with hidden functions that are still being tested or not yet available for every Chrome user. Find the Chrome Actions option and enable it. As reported by Mashable, Google is slowly adding options to the Chrome Actions feature. So don’t expect to be able to type into the Omnibox to access all of the settings in the browser’s settings menu.
Currently, Chrome Actions lets you clear history, refresh the browser, go into incognito mode, update credit card information, edit passwords, and translate them.
Chrome Actions arrived after a few busy weeks for the Google team. The Californian tech company is currently testing a new feature that will allow Chrome to search through the open tabs to quickly find the webpage you’re looking for without clicking each tab to load the content.
With the newest option, Tab Search, Google added a new icon next to the + icon that opens a new tab. When you click the New button, you will see a search menu similar to the one you use to find text on a particular web page. Tabs that match your search are displayed. This works much like Google tries to predict the search or website you are looking for when you start typing into the omnibus (the combination of web address and search box at the top of Chrome browser windows).
Once the tab you’re looking for appears, you can click on the result to immediately toss it onto that open tab. Since search is Google’s specialty, you don’t have to be specific looking for the contents of an improperly placed open tab. If you’re in the stadium, Google probably knows what you’re looking for.
The new tab search function, also discovered by TechDows, should make it easy to quickly switch back between tabs. With more of us working and studying at home, these productivity features are vital so everyone can keep track of their personal shopping registers, group chats with family members, research for work, and more without having to shut everything down in the end Day and start over.
Unfortunately for those drowning in a sea of nondescript open tabs, there is no word on when Google will bring this feature to Chrome users worldwide. After pausing new features to keep the browser, which accounts for more than 60 percent of total desktop web traffic, the most popular in the world, Google has begun resuming work on exciting new additions.