As days grow shorter in the fall, people aim to maximize their time. To aid this, Google is unveiling 5 useful improvements to Chrome’s address bar, officially called the omnibox. These changes will help users navigate the web more swiftly.
The new features coming to the omnibox include:
1. Smarter Autocompletion Using Search Keywords
The omnibox will now autocomplete sites based on any search term previously used, not just by typing the URL. For example, entering “flights” can autofill the Google Flights website, even without typing google.com first.
2. Automatic Typo Correction for URLs
Chrome can now fix typos in site addresses automatically using suggestions from your browsing history. This handy correction is available now across desktop, Android and iOS.
3. Built-In Bookmark Searching
Searching within specific bookmark folders is also newly possible directly in the address bar. Just include the folder name to see relevant bookmarked pages.
4. Suggesting Popular Websites
Even without visiting a popular site, Chrome will now suggest it as you type based on its broader popularity. This aids discovery of useful new sites.
5. Visual Refresh for Improved Legibility
A design update improves omnibox dropdown readability and responsiveness for faster results as you type.
Together these upgrades enhance convenience by fixing typos, enabling discovery, and streamlining access to bookmarks and sites. They underscore Chrome’s constant refinements to maximize users’ browsing speed and efficiency.