Google is making huge changes to the Manage Search engines page in the Chrome browser. In addition to, allowing users to manually create search engines, Chrome may curb auto-created search engine spam and introduce Site Search known as Keyword Search.
Chrome comes with default search engines Google, Yahoo, Bing, DuckDuckGo, and Ecosia.
Apart from these, Chrome automatically adds some search engines when users perform searches on websites. The list gets bigger and it’s a mess.
These appear under “Other Search engines”. Users can add custom search engines for the desired website in this section by clicking the add button.
With the recent update, for custom searches, Chrome started offering the option to choose keyboard shortcuts from Space or tab or Tab only in Settings.
Keyword Search may become “Scope Search”
Recently, we reported Chrome to make keyword search more discoverable for users.
Have we been told you about the new Keyword Search UI? Take a look at in below screenshot.
Chrome team also said the feature will get a new name, It could be “Scope Search”
New “Site Search” Section
Google has come up with an “Active Search Engine” section on Settings to curb automated Search engine spam in Chrome browser.
This is how it may work:
When a user adds a new search engine and sets it as active if it’s already available, it will be disabled. The user-created manually search engines get synced with other search engines and appear under “Site Search”.
This is how to get started.
- Visit Settings > Search Engine
- Manage search engines >Site search
- Click Add, type search engine name, keyword, and URL.
The three-dot menu for each search engine listed under “Site Search” offers “Make Default”, “Deactivate” and “Delete” options.
Similarly, the menu for search engines other than default listed under the “Search engines” section provides the “Make Default” button.
Google has added an edit button to the search engine settings page.
The edit button appears for default and active engines.
To see the “Site Search” section in Chrome Manage Search engines settings
- Open Chrome 98 Canary
- Visit chrome://flags/#omnibox-active-search-engines
- Select Enabled and restart the browser.
Chrome lists auto-created search engines and that are not in use by users under “Inactive Shortcuts”. You’ll be allowed to make any inactive one active and default or you can also delete a specific one by selecting the Delete option offered in a three-dot icon.
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