The Functionalities of the Omnibox


Not many people are aware of how efficient their browser can be. If you’re a Google Chrome user, this post’s for you. we’re about to show you how to improve your searching skill using nothing more that your own search box.

Saying “search box” is too impersonal, so let me introduce to you the Omnibox. This amazing tool can and will save your time by this much (I’m currently gesticulating the amount of time you’ll save, and believe me and my 6’4” wing span: it’s huge).

Follow my lead. So, you use that ctrl+t shortcut and think you’re already hacking the matrix, right? Wrong. Save yourself some time and effort without depending the website’s response to load all it’s information by using the omnibox tool. With it, simply input “youtube” on the url space, then proceed to type search next to “youtube” and the subject you want to see. BANG, you were automatically redirected to youtube’s page of the subject you searched for, without having to see those boring related videos on the first page.

Let’s step-by-step this trick. On your URL bar, right-click it and go to “edit search engine”. From there, scroll down ’till you see this:


Let’s maintain the Youtube example so you don’t have any type of trouble understanding it.

Add a new search engine –

The name of the website you want to access, in this case, Youtube. Just reminding you that you can use this engine for any kind of websites, going from your Google Calendar to a synonym website like Thesaurus.

Keyword –

This is where you make your “search life”, a walk in the park. Here you can input any keyword that will automatically redirect your search to it’s linked website. Let’s imagine you want to search for cute puppies on Youtube (if you don’t normally do it, I advise you to give it a try), but you’re a little bit lazy, so make your keyword as short and accessible as it can be. Maybe “ytb”, ou simply “youtube” are more than enough.

URL with %s in place of query-

“Uniform Resource Locator”, or as me and my doctor like to call it, “Unwanted Rash Location”, this is where you CTRL+C the domain of the referenced website (in our example, is the URL from Youtube). Simply copy and paste that Youtube http:// into the designated place and click “Done”. You can do this process with any type of website, not only Youtube.

After clicking done, give it a try. Do your “hacker” thing and ctrl+t to another tab. Type the keyword that you saved, the subject that’s being searched and click “Enter”. I know it’s not playing Aladdin’s soundtrack, but definitively it’s a whole new world! Turn this Tip&Trick into a habit and save yourself quite the time.


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