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Tip 2/21: Google Chrome – Tab to Search

Daniel FutermanDaniel Futerman
This is part of the 21 Google tips & tricks Series. Check out the other posts!

21 Google Tips - Chrome-Tab To Search - Daniel-Futerman

Google Chrome is by far the most popular desktop web browser with a market share of almost 50% (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.

Chrome is the leading web browser on the market - Stat Counter

Desktop Web browsers market share. Source: StatCounter Global Stats – Browser Market Share

Tab to Search

One of those features is called Tab to Search, and it does exactly as the name implies. What this allows you to do is search a website directly from the Google Chrome address bar – removing the need of first accessing the website in order to use it’s search engine.

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 considering the amount of times that happens – it’s a huge time saver!

How does it work?

Start typing the address of the site you’d like to search (let’s stick with YouTube for this example). Assuming you’ve accessed YouTube in the past (what an outrageous assumption!), Chrome will auto complete the rest of the URL as soon as you start typing.

Once you see “youtube .com” in the address bar, you can press the Tab button on your keyboard to activate the search. The URL in the address bar will then convert to a search engine saying – “Search YouTube Video Search:” which is when you type in your query and hit enter.

Animated gif showing how to use Tab To Search on Google Chrome:

Google Chrome Tab To Search in Action

Does this work for every website?

At the moment the answer is No, but it does work for many and definitely works for the big sites. Here are only a few examples of sites you can search using Tab to Search:

Google Translate (Extremely handy!)
Google Drive
The Verge, The Next Web (my favorite tech sites)
► And the list goes on..

Activate Google Chrome tab to search on your site:


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 Google.com to perform a search. Simply type your query in the address bar and hit enter. No need for the extra steps in between. Well, unless you want to see the Google Doodle of the day…!

Like this post? Have something to add? Share your thoughts below!

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Daniel Futerman // Creative in Motion. I work from my home office, set my own hours and do business with amazing clients worldwide. Love my job. I strive to help creatives like yourself reach the next milestone of their freelance career.

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  • Tom Westheimer
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    Tom Westheimer Tom Westheimer

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    how to use tab to search translate and drive? I know if I type amazon (tab) but what does one type to get the translate and drive tab to work?

    • Daniel Futerman
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      Daniel Futerman Daniel Futerman

      Reply Author

      Hi Andrew,

      To get translate and drive to work with tab to search, insert the URL (or use the autocomplete feature) and hit tab. Check out the attached GIF 🙂

      Google Translate Tab To Search

  • Anonymous
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    Anonymous Anonymous

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    Does not work for me. Tab simply drops the focus down the search list. Did it go away or am I missing something?

    • Daniel Futerman
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      Daniel Futerman Daniel Futerman

      Reply Author

      It doesn’t work on all sites, so it’s possible the site you’re trying doesn’t have it enabled. Try doing it on Youtube to see how it works 🙂

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