Google Chrome simplifies your searches using a single character

By typing a simple @ in the browser’s address bar, Chrome will allow you to limit your search to history, open tabs or favorites.

Google continues to add more features to its browser Google Chrome on PC. While it has already been possible for several months to quickly find a page already consulted by typing a few lines of its title, or to resume past navigation by typing a few words in the address bar, the browser will now go further.

In a blog post put online on Tuesday, December 6, Google announces the arrival of new functions offered from the address bar of Google Chrome. Now, with a simple “@typed in the address bar, users will be able to access different pages more easily, a bit like command lines.

Concretely, by typing @ in the search bar, three suggestions will be made to users: search in shortcuts, search in tabs and search in history. From then on, they will be able to search directly for the desired page among the indexed pages. This first filter is supposed to allow a more precise search if the Internet user already knows what type of page he is looking for.

Google Chrome's new commands
The new Google Chrome commands // Source: Google

It is already possible to type “@tab», «@historical” Where “@favoritesin the search bar of Google Chrome. By typing the @ sign in the address bar of Chrome, the browser will thus offer these three indexes. The user can then validate directly if he wishes to go to his browsing history or the list of open tabs, or complete the search – for example by typing “@frandroid history Galaxy S22 review— if he wants to find a particular page directly from the address bar.

Shortcuts you can create yourself

In addition to these three indexes offered automatically by Google Chrome, the browser goes further by allowing users to search specifically among the pages of their favorite sites. If it were already possible to type the command “website:frandroid.comto limit the results to the pages of the site, it is also possible to configure Chrome to automate this search.

Concretely, you can go to the browser settings, then to “search engine” and “search on the site“. There, you can add the name of the site, for example Frandroid.com, then the command @frandroid and the address of the expected results page. In our example, this will be “https://www.google.com/search?q=site%3Afrandroid.com+%s“. Therefore, by starting the search with @frandroid, you will then reduce the results to the pages of the site only. Of course, we use here the example of the site you are currently reading, but it suffices to change the address to obtain only the results of any other site indexed on Google.


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Google Chrome simplifies your searches using a single character


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