Recently I have been trying to use Google Chrome as my main browser, just to see how it would compare with Firefox, and surprisingly, I’ve been quite impressed, to the point where I don’t really mind it. There are a few things that are not completely up to par with Chrome, like some websites (forms) not working quite correctly, and some utilities and extensions that I used in Firefox don’t work quite the same in Chrome. Fortunately, the gap is being filled by having most of these utilities that would otherwise be browser-based, convert to being server based (or in the cloud). Most recently, GMAIL’s formatted HTML signatures becoming native within the GMAIL settings, eliminating the need to use an extension from Greasemonkey, or WiseStamp.

I digress regarding the comparison of Google Chrome vs. Firefox, at least for the purposes of this article. What I really wanted to address is a nice feature that I recently just discovered in Chrome, and that is the Address Bar searching, without any added extensions. If you are a Firefox user, this would be quite close to the functionality of the Omnibar extension.

If you do use Chrome on a regular basis, you may already know that typing any terms in the addressScreen shot 2010-07-09 at 2.26.50 PM bar, will perform a search in Google. However, did you know that if you wanted to search elsewhere, there is a whole slew of search engines that can be pointed to straight from the address bar? You can get to it by right clicking on the Address Bar, and selecting: “Edit Search Engines”…

Once you do that, you will get the list:

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From here, you can change the search engines that can be used, along with the keywords associated with them. For any search engines that may have overlapping first characters, you just have to type enough letters of the search engine to make it unique, and press tab. For for Wikipedia, I type wik and press tab:

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Then type your search query and press enter, and voila, you are in Wikipedia, with the search results.

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Pretty slick!

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