27
Mar
chrome

It's time to point out a little-known feature in Chrome's omnibox that may save you a tap or two. If you're looking for something on the page you're currently viewing, rather than tapping on your overflow or menu button, going to "find in page" and typing your search string, you can do it via Chrome's omnibox as shown below. Take a look at the first option with the magnifying glass inside the box.

omnibox_find_in_page_1 omnibox_find_in_page_2

This wouldn't be the first time Google has inconspicuously thrown a useful feature into one of its products, and certainly won't be the last. A search of Chromium commits didn't turn up anything useful, so it's unclear how long this feature has been right under our noses.

Shawn De Cesari
Shawn is a web developer by day and XDA's resident archivist for Nexus and Google Play Edition device OTA updates by night. When not immersing himself in code or Android, he can be found hunting down antique signs, taking road trips, listening to music, or playing video games. His phone of choice is a Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition.
  • Wynnded

    I think I've done that by accident and wondered what the heck just happened.

  • tyguy829

    lol @ artem not knowing it was an option in the overflow menu either

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I could swear I checked for it and couldn't find it at some point, so I kept using Dolphin because it has Find on page too. TIL ¯_(ツ)_/¯

      • Simon Belmont

        It's further down the overflow menu list than I like. I wish they had it higher up.

        Then again, this tip negates me from using that overflow menu Find in Page option, now. Awesome.

  • Andy

    That's useful. Can't say I've noticed it before either

  • Jays2Kings

    Wow that's been there forever and I just thought it was an icon to show that was gonna load up a google search instead of a web page. Nice find.

    • Michael

      Same here, I never thought it through to the point of realizing that a) tapping rows without that icon searched as well, and b) tapping the arrow icon on other resultd performs a different action than tapping the rest of the item, meaning it was likely the magnifying glass would also do something different.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii
    • Walkop

      I remember that post and reading those comments as it came up. ;)

      • Simon Belmont

        Same. I read it a few hours ago and wondered to myself if it would become a post on AP.

        It did. Yay.

  • theunknown

    I'ts been there for a long time, I remeber because I've been using it since I got my Nexus 4 with Android 4.1
    YPu are right though, perhaps a lot of people will not know about it and this post may help spread the word.

  • Sean Bunquin

    TIL, Thanks Android Police :D

  • Simon Belmont

    I'll fess up and say I've always used the "Find in Page" overflow option for searching for keywords in a web page. I didn't know you could do it right from the Omnibox.

    It should be noted, however, that you must tap the little magnifying glass to the far right for this to work. If you touch anywhere else in the box with your search term, it will do a search on Google. Probably why I never noticed it till now. Nice catch.

  • scuttlefield

    It's also important to note that you actually have to tap on the icon. If you tap on the word, it will just do a normal Web search.

  • Rob Earls

    It's a bit flaky. Sometimes it doesn't work.

    For example, on this page if I type

    glas

    The line with the search icon appears. But if I type

    glass

    No such line appears. Useless if you use a Swype type keyboard like I do.

    • http://www.theultralinx.com/ Will Kennerley

      Looks fine to me?

  • saf1927

    That's a useful feature. Does anyone know if there's a way to access mouse hover menu? Chrome doesn't seem to have this ability.

    • Michael

      If you have a stylus that allows hover support you can activate them by hovering, but I think that is limited to the Galaxy Note series and their S-Pen Air View feature (due to hardware support, not software; I can still do it in AOSPA and CM). Maybe the fingers activated S4 Air View works as well but I have never used it so I am not sure. However, on most websites you can trick it into popping up by long-pressing the element that pops out the menu, then hitting Back when the context menu pops up. This usually leaves the menu up, but it depends on the site and how it was coded, so your mileage will vary.

      • saf1927

        Thanks. Yeah some websites do indeed work, others not so much. I just found out Dolphin combined with Jetpack allows one press for the context menu to appear. I hope Chrome eventually comes up with something similar since not every website is optimised for mobile yet.

        • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

          I hear you, I've had times when I could not work with a popout menus on sites because they would immediately close after tapping on them, and even tap&hold doesn't help

  • Julien Teyteau

    it's been there since the very beginning of chrome for android.

  • vidoardes

    Very useful, nice find!

  • Jasper Makkinje

    Another thing Is noticed yesterday that I hadn't seen before, is that the "Tap-tap-drag"-zooming (as in Google Maps) works on Chrome as well. So tap, tap again and hold, and then drag up to zoom out and down to zoom in.

    Anyway, thanks AP, didn't know this either :)

  • Lisandro O Oocks

    seems to work only with the word "google"

    • Lisandro O Oocks

      ok never mind. it does work now.. also in Chrome Beta..

      maybe it only works if i don't think it'll work :-Y

  • Kompre

    I can assure you that this feature was present since chrome was launched back in the day (at least the stable version).

  • F Young

    This omnibox trick doesn't seem to work on the Chrome browser on a Windows PC, but "Find" in the overflow menu is available on Chrome for Windows PCs.

    However, for Windows PCs, a quicker option is Ctrl + F

  • EtaoinShrdlu

    Don't these things come with instruction books?

  • Sophia Patel

    Nice tip................

    http://www.windowindia.net/