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Save time with custom search engines in Chrome

Save time with custom search engines in Chrome

Learn how to add custom searches to Chrome to speed up your web searches.

Searching with Google from the Chrome search bar feels like second nature to most of us. But did you know Chrome also lets you search not just Google, but also other websites like Stack Overflow or Wikipedia?

Adding a custom search engine type lets you type a shortcut into the Chrome search bar, hit **Tab**, and search the website immediately. That can save a bunch of time if you’re a heavy searcher.

In this article we show you how you can add search engines to Chrome. Let’s get started!

Adding custom search engines to Google Chrome

First, click the three dots at the top-right of Chrome and click Settings. If you’re a fan of shortcuts, you can also open the settings by hitting **Alt + E** and then **S** for settings.

Click on Search engine in the search pane on the left, then click on Manage search engines. Alternatively, you can also enter chrome://settings/searchEngines in the address bar.

To add a custom search engine, click on Add.

From here, a pop up appears with three boxes to enter:

  • Search engine: Add the name of the website you want to search, e.g. LinkedIn

  • Keyword: Use a keyword you like. It won’t affect your search. Google’s default option will be mostly the name of the website, e.g.

  • URL (1/2): Go to the website you want to search on and type something that is easy to recognize like “helloworld”.

  • URL (2/2): Copy the link from the address bar and replace the search term with %s as shown in the screenshot below.

Click Add. Voilà! You just added a custom search engine to Chrome. To search the website, type your keyword in the address bar, hit Tab, and enter your search terms.

We hope you found this useful! You can also search your favorite websites directly from the Curiosity command bar. Check out this blog post to find out how.

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