I’ve been exclusively using Google’s Chrome web browser for a while now, (for several reasons, about which I will post later) but I just recently discovered an amazing feature. And when I say amazing, I really do mean it.

How often do you want to specifically look something up on Wikipedia? Youtube? CNN? For me, it happens quite often. I’ll want something more specific than a simple Google search. That’s why I was super ridiculously happy to discover that Chrome allows you to quickly search those specific sites. All you need to do is visit a major site with search once, and Google will let you quickly search that in the future.

For example, if I want to search YouTube, I can simply begin typing a ‘y’ in my address bar, then Chrome pops up a little ‘Press Tab to search YouTube Video Search’. It’s pretty darn amazing. So then, I press ‘Tab’, enter my query, and I’m on my way to watching my video!

So far, I’ve discovered quite a few sites on which this works, including (but most certainly not limited to):

  • YouTube
  • Wikipedia
  • CNN
  • Google News
  • Amazon
  • Flickr
  • Bing (Yeah, that’s right… You can search using Google’s competitor right from the address bar)

So anyway, I hope you find that to be useful. I sure did.