How to do a Facebook search directly from Google Chrome

From Chrome's address bar you can search Facebook or "call up" different search engines found on the web. Here's how

Although for many (almost all) search engine rhymes with Google, every website (or most anyway) has its own engine that allows you to search within it. Portals such as Facebook, Amazon or Libero, just to name three, have their own engine that "responds" to requests that come from their users in the form of search queries.

What few people know is that Chrome, Google's browser, hides a shortcut to do research on any site without opening it. If, for example, you want to search for a user or a Fan Page of an activity on Mark Zuckerberg's social network, just type the string "" in the address bar and then press the "tab" key (the one with the two arrows with vertices in opposite directions). In the initial part of the bar will appear the words "Search Facebook", a sign that you can search everything you want within the popular social network.

How to search the web with Chrome

The Facebook one, however, is one of many examples that you can do. The same search method, in fact, can be used on all portals that allow users to search through their content, of any type. Take, for example, typing in the address bar of Chrome the string "" and then pressing the tab key, in the left side of the bar itself will appear the words "Search on". At this point you can search for anything you want: if you enter IP 67, for example, you'll get information about the certification on the resistance of the device's coating and you'll know if a smartphone is waterproof or "only" splash resistant.

How to create custom search engines in Chrome

If you want, you can also customize this search method by going to create abbreviated keywords that will allow you to do searches faster. Just go into Google's browser Settings, scroll down the list until you find the "Search Engine" section and here click on Set Search Engines. You'll access a long list of all the search engines that Chrome has saved autonomously every time you've visited a website over time: to do the search you'll just have to type the word (or string) in the "Keyword" column and then press the Tab key on your keyboard.

As mentioned, to speed up the search you can customize the keyword to use to "call up" the site and find what you needed. To change the keyword, just press the three vertical dots at the end of the line corresponding to the engine you want to use and choose a new one. Alternatively, you can create the search engine from scratch, choosing the keyword you prefer. Just click Add and follow the wizard. If you're wondering what to put in the URL field, you'll just have to copy the ULR shown in the Chrome bar when you do a search within that site, replacing the keywords you used with the string "%s". Going back to the previous example, the search string obtained is "": after the "=" sign we remove ip+67 and insert "%S" to get "" and put it in the URL field.