Google Chrome’s Omnibox (address bar) search is getting fancy and powerful. A new experimental Chrome flag added to the Chromium repository talks about adding @history, @settings, and @bookmarks search keywords.
Omnibox Site Search Starter Pack
Before we get started, I haven’t tested this flag yet. Hence, I am writing this with 95% confidence instead of 100%.
Here is the new experimental flag that I spotted today:
Omnibox Site Search Starter Pack: Enables @history, @bookmarks, and @settings scopes in Omnibox Site Search/Keyword Mode.
Now that you know the flag name and description, do you agree with my assumption?
At present, Omnibox can search history and bookmarks. However, with the new @ tags, the search becomes powerful and focused. So, for example, you can search your history or bookmarks without going into chrome://history or chrome://bookmarks.
I am waiting to test this feature out and will update this article as soon as it is working. For now, I have the related flags enabled:
What do you think? Does this sound like a useful feature or a gimmick? I would love to hear your thoughts on this. Drop me a comment in the comment box below.