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What is Omnibox?

September 18, 2009 01:07 PDT

Posted by Andrew.

In Google Chrome, the Omnibox feature combines a browser’s address bar and search box into one single area at the top of the browser window. You can also use it to bookmark websites and see security information about your current webpage. Here are all the ways you can use the address bar:

1. Go to web address

Type the URL of the web page (e.g., then press Enter key or click the Go to ... icon button at the end of the bar.

Screenshot of Chrome Omnibox: Go to web adress

2. Search the web

Enter a search term there, and you'll generate a search that hits your default search engine:

Screenshot of Chrome Omnibox: Search the web

3. Create a bookmark

If you come across an interesting webpage that you'd like to revisit at a later point, click the star icon Chrome star iconto create a bookmark.

Screenshot of Chrome Omnibox: Create a bookmark

  • Edit the bookmark's name in the Name field.
  • By default, the bookmark is filed in the bookmark folder that was most recently used. Use the Folder drop-down menu to choose where you want to store the bookmark.
  • Undo the addition of the bookmark by clicking Remove.
  • If you want to change the bookmark's URL, click Edit. Other, click Close to add the bookmark.

4. Search your bookmarks and browsing history

Whenever you type in the address bar, Google Chrome automatically searches your browsing history and shows you websites in your history that match what you've entered. The address bar can also automatically show you suggestions of related search terms and websites.

5. See the security status for the page you're on

Improved search functionality is not where the power of the Omnibox ends, however. It’s also a tool to help you know that you’re surfing on safe websites. For example, if you enter a website that is secured using SSL security, you’ll notice that the “https” that indicates a secure website appears in green. If there’s a problem with the security, you’ll see the “https” in red with a slash through it.

Screenshot of Chrome Omnibox: See the security status for the page you're on

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#1  posted on September 23, 2009 08:17 PDT
as u sown 5 + 17 but in human that can be 5 + 1 + 7 = 13 this is my mind calucation i had done trough maths


#2  posted on September 23, 2009 08:19 PDT
Dear Sir,

This is refrnce to webside are u a human which u asked the question 5 + 17 = 22 but in my mind question 5 + 1 + 7 = 13 do under want human think of negetive to postive

thanking u

#3  posted on October 04, 2009 08:12 PDT
Manish concerns about the simple Turing test in this page raises an important question: How far must web technologies go to accommodate semi-retarded users?

#4  posted on October 09, 2009 04:31 PDT
Hello, do you need invitation to newsest project If so, please write your request to

#5  posted on December 05, 2010 13:36 PST
how the f*** you disable the chrome pdf viewer. it sucks...

#6  posted on April 19, 2011 08:52 PDT
i am writing graphs in the omnibox using google graph api's is there a way to expand the omnibox so that i can edit longer graphs on the fly?

#7  posted on January 23, 2012 21:10 PST
@JN RE: your comment (paraphrasing) concerning the lengths web tech must go to "accomodate semi-retarded users...."
"Political correctness" aside (despite my efforts to resist, your quip evoked a much-needed belly-laugh), I felt the same w. the invention of Windows ('83) & DOS knowledge unneeded. "Soon even a chimp will be using 'puters," I'd often say, "even a monkey can point & click...."
LSS: "One wo/man's "semi-retard" is another wo/man's "ordinary" it seems -- & more so daily. (Perhaps due to corporations' catering to the "lowest common denominators"?)
Just a thought...

#8  posted on October 31, 2012 20:04 PDT
An attempt for impossibility; becomes reality.

#9  posted on February 23, 2013 09:01 PST
I long for the days before Windoze

#10  posted on July 28, 2014 10:57 PDT
I have had problems for months when trying to use Google search box. I have to enter it 2 or 3 times to get it to come up with the search results! This is driving me to Yahoo! What is going on?

#11  posted on May 17, 2015 04:22 PDT
why do i get omniboxes when i click "g " for google search?

#12  posted on March 10, 2016 01:35 PST
How can I get the search box to stop popping up when I attempt to use it? Thanks

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