Improving Google Chrome Performance

Greetings! I hope this article is helpful to someone.

Many people know about the capabilities of the Chrome address bar, which remembers the search engines of various sites. However, not everyone knows how to use it effectively.
I surf the Internet exclusively through this browser (a matter of taste and habit, of course) and use a custom search in Chrome several dozen times a day. A large number of actions performed daily through the browser can be optimized by adding certain search engines to the list.

So, I finish the dregs, I turn to the "technical" and practical side of things.

Change used search engines

The Search Engines window contains pre-installed search engines (Yandex, Google or something else, depending on the assembly) and search engines for the various sites you visited. There are three columns in the table: the name of the search engine (by default, this is the title of the main page of the site), the keyword and the actual address of the search engine with the parameter% s (search query).

The default keyword is the address of the site being searched. First of all, it is precisely this that needs to be optimized, because the search query in the address bar is typed as <keyword> <space or Tab> <query>.


  • Use Ctrl + T (equivalent to Ctrl + L + <query> + Alt + Enter) to enter the address bar. Hotkeys are a useful thing, especially in a browser.
  • Analyze your activity on various sites: if you use a search somewhere, it may be more efficient to search directly in the address bar.
  • Take a look at my recommendations below. I tried to cover as wide a range of search engines as possible, something will probably come in handy.

Search Engine Setup

General recommendations

  • Feel free to use single-letter keywords (e.g. y or t for Youtube, g for Google and so on). When I set up the browser for myself, I was afraid that instead of the usual search, a customized search would crawl out all the time, but in practice this did not happen at all.
  • Write down two different search options for keywords in Russian and in English, for example, “wiki” and “wiki”. In this case, it is even possible to conveniently separate them functionally: let the “wiki” search on the Russian-language Wikipedia, and the “wiki”, respectively, on the English-language section. The purpose of this recommendation is to reduce the number of switching layouts on request.

Categories, options, and search engines themselves (as an example of customization)

I offer my subjective look at how it all looks:
  • Content
    For me, this is one of the most extensive search categories. A couple of examples offhand (music search). In brackets are possible keywords.

    • Music VKontakte: (music, music, m, m, vkm, vkm).
    • Yandex.Music: (music, music, m, m, yam, yam)!/search?text=%s
    • Music on (music, music - it will be convenient if you download and listen to music exclusively from the rutracker; otherwise, rm, pm, rtmusic or other options close to your heart) nm =% s
    Similarly, you can quickly search for videos (Youtube, social networks), books (online stores, torrent trackers) and the like.
  • Additional features of search engines
    If you use search from Google (or not, other search engines have similar features), you can configure quick access to advanced search.
    • Google Search in the last 24 hours:
      <google search address> & tbs = qdr: d
      The base search address is quite long, and I did not publish it completely; it is available in Chrome by default.
    • Search by image:
      & noreask = 1 & source = wiz
    • Another example: if only the site address appears in the request, then to find information about the site, and not go to it, I make a request of the form g <address>; g is the default search keyword.
  • Social Media Search
    • By people:
    • By community:
    • Generalized search:
  • Translation
    A convenient and quick way to translate an unfamiliar word or phrase.
    Example (Google Translate, direction from English to Russian):
  • Other search categories Search
    for information that is not included in previous categories. It:
    • Function analysis, graphing on WolframAlpha:

    • Search for a place on the map:

    • Product search in the catalog of online stores:

    • Search for articles in the online encyclopedia:

    • Search for Japanese character by its directory number:

    • Search for posts on the Habré:

  • Code Execution in a Browser
    Another possible application for “quick search”.
    • HTML:
      data: text / html,% s
    • Javascript:
      javascript:% s

- Sorry for the somewhat chaotic presentation of thought, I have no previous experience writing articles.
- The list of search engines does not claim to be complete and is intended solely to outline the capabilities of quick searches using the address bar.

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