Searching through Google can sometimes be a nightmare whether you use Chrome or not. You look at something, click on a link and can’t find what you’re looking for. Or you can hit the back button or close an extra open tab to return to the search page. This might be a little easier, and we explain how.
Google Chrome has a hidden function that makes searching on the Google search engine easier and clearer. Chrome has a sidebar where Google can present search results. When you click on a link, open the page you have in mind on the right side of the window. If this page is nothing, you can immediately click on the next site to the left to continue your search. This may sound a bit abstract, so we’ll explain how to do it.
Turn on the hidden Chrome feature
The incognito Chrome feature is available on Windows, macOS, Chrome OS, and Linux. You must have an up-to-date version of the browser on your computer. At the time of writing, this is not a standard function and so we need to change some settings to create it. You then proceed as follows.
- Click and type in Chrome’s url bar chrome:flags inside
- Press Enter; you will now see a list of experimental features
- Search with ctrl + f option side search on
- Right click on the small menu to enable the mod (option enable)
- Now restart Chrome; the browser offers a button for this at the bottom right (don’t worry: you won’t lose any currently open tabs)
After restarting the browser, we can try the functionality. Do a search through the Google search engine (for example, via the url bar). The sidebar is not immediately visible. This happens as soon as you click on the first search result. You should now see a small G logo on the screen; you will find it next to the url bar on the left. Click this after opening the first page.
You can now click on any result in the left bar without leaving the search page. This saves some hassle in the long run.
So you don’t have to click the back button or close any tabs if you can’t find what you’re looking for, and you can quickly navigate to another website without losing sight of the search page. As a result, Google wants this feature to work with other search engines, but it hasn’t worked yet.
Source: Computer Totaal