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Is There A Means Or Way A User Can Add A Search Box As A Separate Entity In Google Chrome's Graphical User Interface?

Posted on 2011-09-21
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Last Modified: 2012-05-12
Hello. I have a question to ask you.

Is there a way a user can add a search box in some capacity in Chrome web browser (as part of the program's interface's GUI (Graphics user Interface)) if a user wanted one? Obviously, by default, there is none. I am thinking to the right side of the address bar like traditionally found in Internet Explorer 8 and Firefox 6?

I bet some of you are wondering why I need a separate search box since I can search from the address bar itself since it doubles as a address bar/search box? The reason: I want a place to show the search terms I have been using as a placeholder. The search terms will disappear when the search box is incorporated into the address bar and your URLs only appear. Instead I will have to 'remember' or write the search terms down. This is pretty stupid given the features web browsers have had right along and the digital computer age we are in.    

I am thinking maybe something in terms of installing an add-on or an extension from a developer applicable to Google Chrome or yet a totally different third party program you there to install that would impact the Chrome web browser interface?

If you have an alternate answer and solution for me, please reply with that answer and solution.

Please provide your own best possible well written, detailed and documented website links; and/or your own detailed facts, suggestions, hints, and tips.

DO NOT USE LMGTFY.com or similar-like web links in your reply. I consider its use very unprofessional for EE experts. If you do, you will not get acknowledged and receive no credit.

NOTE: The operating system implicated in this is Windows 7 64-bit.

Please reply.

Thank you!
Question by:RegulaOne
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Accepted Solution

BillDL earned 2000 total points
ID: 36579445
Hi RegulaOne

"I want a place to show the search terms I have been using as a placeholder."
"If you have an ALTERNATIVE answer and solution for me ..."

I do have an alternative SUGGESTION, but it's just something that I use myself (minimized to the task bar and Alt + Tab to it and Refresh it when needed) to keep track of my search terms while doing intensive browsing, and perhaps you could make use of it too and avoid trying to use Plugins.

Nir Sofer's MyLastSearch:

Standalone single program EXE (plus Windows Help *.CHM file) that saves its settings to a *.CFG file in the same folder rather than to the registry.

Author's Description:

"MyLastSearch utility scans the cache and history files of your Web browser, and locate all search queries that you made with the most popular search engines (Google, Yahoo and MSN) and with popular social networking sites (Twitter, Facebook, MySpace). The search queries that you made are displayed in a table with the following columns: Search Text, Search Engine, Search Time, Search Type (General, Video, Images), Web Browser, and the search URL. You can select one or more search queries and then copy them to the clipboard or save them into text/html/xml file."

This shows all the search terms I enter with my Google Chrome homepage set to google.co.uk on my WinXP SP3 system.  The Version History does indicate that it runs in Windows 7.

Just something else to consider.
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Assisted Solution

BillDL earned 2000 total points
ID: 36579506
Oh, incidentally.  The program offers a Right-Click > "Open Search URL in Browser (F8)" option for items in the list of cached searches.  I believe that this ONLY works if your search was in IE and that is set as the default browser.  I have IE set as my default browser on this system, and if I perform this action on a search term cached from a Chrome search, it shows an "Unknown file type" security warning and prompts me to Save/Cancel the file named "search".

I searched from the Google UK homepage in Chrome browser for "billy connelly", and the URL to the search page is:
http://www.google.co.uk/search?sclient=psy-ab&hl=en&site=&source=hp&q=billy%20connolly&blah, blah.

The command to open the search URL in the browser obviously stops at the ? after "search" and thinks "search" is the target file in the URL.

Just a little quirk explained in advance in case you experiment and fine that Right-Click option, then curse me upside down ;-)

Author Comment

ID: 36591238
@ BillDL:

Hello. Nice to meet you again! It is always a privilege to have to assist me. Thank you for your comment.

Your profound choice in the MyLastSearch is exceptional!!! I have been preliminary testing MyLastSearch and it works wonders! I like that it has the ability to catalogue all search text with the applicable search engine and browser it originated from (that is all applicable browsers installed on one's Windows system). This little program is what I have been looking for!!! A BIG THANK YOU!!! You did it again!!! Now, I have reason to advance or upgrade to IE9 since IE9 like Chrome (but Chrome only from Chrome's onset) lost the search box. I see I can have the "Search Time" as descending, therefore I can easily see my latest searches on top.

Regarding your second comment, when my mouse curser is pointing within the MyLastSearch program interface and I right click to select the "Open Search URL in Browser (F8)" option; even when my Internet Explorer 8 is set as the default web browser, I get one of my other installed web browser to open consistently, that is Opera opens. Opera opens automatically with the prospective search engine's search text's fully displayed search results of MyLastSearch. This is a little different from your case scenario that you have provided. Very interesting.      

A matter of fact, the NirSoft website I have been noticing has a numerous plethora of useful and practical programs that I find I will be utilizing in the not so distant future as well!

No additional conversation truly necessary unless you would like too. When you present your own personal usage of programs through example and as answers to my concerns, I highly value every one of them! Your comments are my answers and solutions. As usual, you cease to amaze me!!!

Again, thank you ever so much!

I am now going to award points and solution titles to this question/thread.

Author Closing Comment

ID: 36591239
@ BillDL:

Hello again.

I have awarded your first comment as the "Accepted Solution" and your second comment as the "Assisted Solution" for obvious reasons. I found your second comment contains indirect value added information that I can definitely use, and in terms of disseminating points a question of this type as indirect value added information directly applicable to the Accepted Solution typically get 50 points. Therefore, your first Accepted Solution comment will receive the remaining 450 points.

I find MyLastSearch HIGHLY VALUABLE indefinitely!  

Again, thank you very much!!! You comments are always appreciated!
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Expert Comment

ID: 36591389
Thank you very much RegulaOne, and once again I am humbled by your praise.

I have used most of Nir Sofer's utilities over the years (Windows 98 and XP) and few of them have ever had any significant bugs or quirks.  Just about all of them are standalone executables with separate helpfile and a readme.txt that describes (where applicable) command line options.  Being standalone they write their settings to a *.CFG file in the same folder, and so can be used on other computers from a USB Flash Drive without writing superfluous program settings to the registry.

Be aware that some of his utilities may be flagged as suspicious by Anti-Virus software, especially those that go digging for data such as passwords.  This is the case with many genuine and virus-free utility programs, but you can set them as exceptions and carry on using them.  I trust all of Nir Sofer's programs without exception.  No spyware, additional "affiliate" programs, and no leftover clutter through botched installers/uninstallers.

Just a warning though.  I tend to ONLY use the utilities for VIEWING various data and exporting to reports rather than using them to modify settings, as would be the case if you used some of the functions in eg. his file types manager.  I have no reason to doubt the accurate functionality of all his programs, but some little undiscovered and reported bug could cause major issues with something like a file type association (hence his disclaimers), and I have the knowledge to tinker manually anyway.

My problem recently in E-E is that I still only use Windows XP.  I never got Vista (for various reasons other than ..) because XP has been a very stable OS for me, and I can't afford or justify buying a Windows 7 capable PC right now.  A lot of questions now come up in E-E where I know  would be able to help if the OS was XP, but I can't provide accurate instructions without Win7 to translate the methods or compare things.  Upgrading to Win7 also means, for me, that many of my favourite current methods and utility programs may no longer function.

Have fun with Nir Sofer's utilities, I know I have.


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