Enable Real Search Box on New Tab Page in Google Chrome

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How to Enable Real Search Box on New Tab Page in Google Chrome

Google Chrome is the most popular browser as of now, featuring a fast rendering engine, 'Blink', a simplified user interface, and extension support that allows adding extra features to the browser. Google is constantly adding new features to the browser, including a number of experimental features, which may or may not be included in the stable version of the app. One of the is the ability to add a 'real' search box to the new tab page.

As of this writing, Chrome displays a 'fake' search box on the New Tab page, which redirects the user input to the address bar. This can be changed with a flag, so your searches will be processed instantly, featuring search suggestions and other enhancements available when you type a search query into the address bar.

Google Chrome comes with a number of useful options which are experimental. They are not supposed to be used by regular users but enthusiasts and testers can easily turn them on. These experimental features can significantly improve the user experience of the Chrome browser by enabling additional functionality. To enable or disable an experimental feature, you can use hidden options called 'flags'.



As of now, to get the 'real' search box on the new tab page in Google Chrome, you have to enable a hidden option (flag). Follow the instructions below.

To Enable Real Search Box on New Tab Page in Google Chrome,

  1. Open the Google Chrome browser.
  2. Type the following text in the address bar: chrome://flags/#ntp-realbox.
  3. Select Enabled from the drop-down list next to the Real search box in New Tab page flag.
  4. Restart the browser when prompted.

You are done!

Now you can enhanced search queries from the New Tab page directly in Google Chrome.

That's it.

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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.

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