The fastest ways to search the web in Chrome

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Searching the web is one of the most common things people do in web browsers. Whether you use Google, Bing, or DuckDuckGo, there are things you want to find. We’ll show you the fastest ways to do it in Chrome.

There are a few ways to perform web searches in Chrome without the tedious process of going directly to the search engine’s website. Some of these methods only work with Google, but others work with any search engine you can select.

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Search from the omnibox

Search from the omnibox.

Let’s start with one you may already know. Chrome’s Omnibox, the address bar at the top of the screen, also acts as a search bar. Just start typing it and you’ll see your history results appear. You can also just enter some text and hit Enter to bring up a search on the default search engine. Easy peasy.

Search within websites from the omnibox

Use a custom search keyword in Google Chrome.

The other cool thing you can do with Omnibox is search directly within a website without going to the website first or specifically mentioning the website’s name in your search terms.

Instead of searching for “howtogeek google chrome” to find an article on our site, you can search How-To Geek directly from the Omnibox. This is actually worse with just about any website you want. It saves you a step of visiting the search engine’s website when you already know the site you want to find.

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Right click to find highlighted text

Another great time-saving trick is to start a search by simply highlighting text. This will work with whatever search engine you have chosen to use in Chrome.

All you have to do is highlight some text and then right-click and select “Search”. [provider] by [text]. ” A new tab will open with a pre-filled search for the highlighted text. A super quick shortcut to searching for things.

Right click to find similar images

Search for images on Google.

What if you’re not trying to find text? There are also quick ways to search for images, but this one relies on using Google or Bing as the search engine.

Just like highlighting text, you can right-click on any image in Chrome and find a shortcut to “Search image with Google Lens” or “Search image in Bing”. For Google Lens, a sidebar will open with some visual matches and other information.

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With these tricks in hand, you’ll be navigating your way through Google searches. I find the right-click trick to find highlighted text especially useful. Sometimes you see something you just want to know more about.

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