Custom Search Engines in Google Chrome: Essential Tips and Tricks

MakeUseOf | 7/10/2019 | Akshata Shanbhag
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Chrome’s Omnibox is an address bar and search box rolled into one. Type a search query instead of a website URL into the box and you’ll see the relevant search results in Google because that’s Chrome’s default search engine.

But what happens when you want to use a different search engine, say, a privacy-focused one like DuckDuckGo? Or how about when you want to search MakeUseOf for articles or your Google Drive for files? You don’t have to go the tedious route of visiting each website to access its search features.

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Instead, you can create custom search engines to search these websites directly from the Chrome address bar. Let’s see how you can make that happen!

If you don’t want to use the Google Chrome search engine, you can pick from alternatives like Bing, Yahoo, and DuckDuckGo. To switch to one of these, click on the More toolbar button (three dots placed vertically). On Chrome’s settings page that shows up, scroll down to the Search engine section and select a search engine of your choice from the Search engine used in the address bar dropdown menu.

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The next time you enter a search query in the address bar and hit Enter, Chrome shows the results in the search engine you configured.

Let’s create a custom search engine to search directly from Chrome’s address bar.

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You have to head to Chrome’s settings page once again, and this time, click on the Manage search engines option under the Search engine section. Alternatively, right-click in the address bar and then click on Edit Search Engines from the context menu. You’ll end up on the same screen in both cases; the second method is quicker, of course.

On the screen in question, you’ll see a list of the search engines embedded in Chrome by default, plus the option to add...
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