Tab to Search on Google Chrome

Google Chrome is by far the most popular desktop web browser with a market share of almost 64.53% (data by StatCounter). Chrome has tons of extensions which enhance the user experience, but there are a bunch of awesome built-in features you can use right now.

One of those features, is Tab To Search.

Tab to Search

The tab to search feature is Google chrome allows you to search within a website directly from the address bar. This is a handy shortcut, removing the need of first access the website before search for content.

I use this all the time, and one of the best examples is for YouTube. When I search for a video on YouTube I always do it directly from the address bar, and it’s a huge time saver.

How does it work?

Start typing the address of the site you'd like to search and Chrome will auto complete the rest of the URL as soon as you start typing.

Taking Youtube as an example, once you start tying the first letters you will see “” in the address bar. Then, you can press the Tab button on your keyboard to activate the search.

The URL in the address bar will convert to a search engine saying – “Search YouTube Video Search:” which is when you type in your query and hit enter.

How to use Tab To Search on Google Chrome:

Google Chrome Tab To Search in Action

Does this work for every website?

Unfortunately, this doesn't work for every website, but from my past experiments I found that Tab to Search works on the following websites:

Google Translate
Google Drive

Type + Enter to Search Google

As a side note – the Chrome address bar is also a direct path to Google’s search engine. You never actually need to go to to perform a search. Simply type your query in the address bar and hit enter.