Google Chrome’s New Trick

The Google Chrome browser has a new trick that I just started running into today.

New Google Chrome Trick

This all started when Emma Gilmour got me curious about Rooibos, a tea like drink, ‘like’ depending on your definition of tea. For all practical purposes it is a herbal tea.

After reading Brittiny’s, an east Indian, take on how to pronounce Rooibos I decided to take off and learn more about Rooibos from Wikipedia. I have always typed in: Wikipedia some_search_term and hit Enter. That worked pretty well.

Now when I type in Wikipedia I get the blue search icon in Chrome’s combined URL address and search field. It is pretty neat idea.

It sort of replaces typing SITE:domain_name search_terms. Type any domain name and a space to trigger the feature. It is not available on all sites. It seems to trigger on sites that Google knows have a search feature. So, it works on Wikipedia and WordPress blogs, to name a couple. But, it does not work on static HTML web sites.

Works with any domain name…

My new technique is to type the domain, a space, and the search term for which I’m interested. I then look for the icon. If it is there, I press Enter and I’m done. Otherwise, I press HOME, type site:, and press Enter.

Try it. You’ll see the difference in search results.

What fun…

I have noticed that local search functions can be lame. WordPress’ search is on the lame side. So, sometimes it is better to use SITE: before the domain name.

Oh… Since Brittiny is likely speaking with an East Indian accent… I’ll stick with my SoCal, with a touch of Midwest, accent and pronounce it roo-­ēy-bōhs. Oddly she did go with the ROY-BOHS pronunciation given by the Wikipedia for western countries.

Rooibos has high level ofantioxidants such as aspalathin[3] and nothofagin, its lack of caffeine, and its low tannin levels, according to the Wikipedia.

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  1. If you go to Options (wrench icon) and select “Settings”, then “Manage search engines”, you can edit search tags and create new ones. The middle value in the list is the tag that you type into the address bar; “%s” is replaced by your search term when you execute the search.

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