Chrome 87 is out with Tab Search, Direct actions, and more

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A major release of the Google Chrome browser brings a number of new features to the Stable channel. Starting in version 87, it is now possible to search for a tab with a new user interface. Also, there are a couple of other additions, along with security fixes and minor changes.

What's new in Google Chrome 87

Tab search

When you open multiple tabs, their width will reduce until you can only see the icon. Further opening tabs will make the icon disappear too. This makes it hard to quickly go to a specific tab. The new Tab Search feature can help in this situation.

It was already known for some time that Google was working on the built-in feature (that doesn't require you to install any extension).

You will notice a new button in the tab row. It will open a search flyout that allows typing the tab name. There is also a hotkey to open it, Ctrl+Shift+E.

The matched tabs will be listed below the search box. You will be able to directly go to a tab by clicking on its name, or close it using the cross icon button next to the tab's name.

If you don't see the button yet, you can force-enable the Tab Search feature as follows:

Direct actions

Direct actions is a new feature of Chrome 87, which, similar to Mozilla Firefox, is able to offer the user some direct action that matches his search query in the address bar. For example, if you enter "wipe cookies", a suggestion to delete cookies in the browser will appear right in the search history.

By using the provided button you can directly remove the cookies.

The following direct actions are supported.

  • Type update browser or update google chrome to update Google Chrome.
  • Type type incognito or launch incognito mode to open a new Incognito window.
  • Type edit passwords or update credentials to edit saved passwords.
  • Type translate this or translate this page to translate the open web page.
  • Type wipe cookies, delete history, or  clear cache to clear browsing data.
  • Type edit credit card or update card info to edit a saved payment card.

If you don't see the address bar suggestions, try to force-enable them with these flags:

  • chrome://flags/#omnibox-pedal-suggestions - must be set to Enabled.
  • chrome://flags/#omnibox-suggestion-button-row must be set to Enabled.

New Tab Page improvements

Google has also updated the New Tab page of Chrome by adding a special Card UI.  They are a new way to display your recently visited web sites, mixed with the related content.

The feature is gradually rolling out for Chrome users, so you may not see it right now.

FTP support

In version 87, the FTP feature is being removed for 50% of Chrome users. It worth noting that Google Chrome 87 is the last version of the browser where the user can force-enable the FTP support. Starting in Chrome 88, it will be impossible.

Other changes in this release include 33 fixed security vulnerabilities, pan and tilt support for Camera, and a number of other under-the-hood improvements.

Download Links

Web installer: Google Chrome 64-bit
MSI/Enterprise installer: Google Chrome MSI Installers for Windows

Note: The offline installer doesn't support the automatic update feature of Chrome. By installing it this way, you will be forced to always update your browser manually.


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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

One thought on “Chrome 87 is out with Tab Search, Direct actions, and more”

  1. Hi! FYI Tab Search cannot be enabled yet for Chrome 87 on Windows:
    “Chrome OS
    Not available on your platform.”

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