My little search engine tweak for Chrome

If you are working as an online marketeer, you probably have the Google browser Chrome already installed.

In fact, I believe working in that area you have at least 3 browsers like IE, Firefox and Chrome running a lot. I normally shift between Firefox and Chrome and use Chrome a lot lately. It seems to be the most stable at the moment, but I am not religious in that matter.

What I really like is this little tweak you may want to implement for Chrome, if you work in search engine optimization (SEO) or marketing (SEM).

I hate to leave the keyboard and use the mouse to select the search engine from a drop down list. There is a simple change you can do:

b (space key) KEYWORD

could trigger a search with bing automatically out of chrome, without any mouse movements:

First open the settings page of Chrome…

Open Chrome Settings

Open Chrome Settings

…select to manage your search engines

search engines

search engines

…and add the search engine you like – especially vertical search engines might be of interest for you – like TripAdvisor, Wikipedia, Facebook, etc. Use just ONE or TWO letters as the name. In this example I used “tb” to add my site Tradebit.com.

Now, if you go to the URL input field of Chrome, you type in the letter(s) “tb” like this

First KEYS

First KEYS

and then hit the “space key

simple search engine switching

simple search engine switching

which then selects tradebit as your search engine.

This works perfectly for Bing, Yahoo, Startpage and any other search you can trigger with the term in the URL. Good for SEOs, who are lazy by nature 😉

Update: my German friend Malte described that config for Firefox already a long time ago in his German blog post. The screenshots show you how!

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