Search your Chrome bookmarks and history easily from omnibox

If you look at my previous posts, you will see that I am in love with Chrome omnibox and search engines. I keep exploring how these two can work together to do some routine things in a more productive manner. This useful tip will enable you to search your bookmarks and history easily from Chrome address bar itself.

By default when you start typing in the Chrome address bar, it does show your bookmarks as suggestions indicated by entries with a cbmicon. However, it only lists the top two or three bookmarks. Sometimes you need to dig deeper and perform a search in your Bookmarks Manager. Recently, I stumbled upon something really useful. You can easily configure your Chrome to search for your bookmarks directly from omnibox or address bar. In-fact, there is an extension which does that for you. Head over to the Chrome Web Store and install Bookmark Search. This extension basically performs steps mentioned below automatically and adds a new search engine entry for you.

However, if you do not want to burden your Chrome with extensions, you really do not need to. Alternatively, you can follow these simple steps:

  • Type chrome://settings/searchEngines in the address bar.
  • Alternatively, you may right click on the Chrome address bar and choose Edit Search Engine… from the menu options.
  • Either of the above steps will open the settings page for Search Engines in Chrome.
  • Scroll down to “Other search engines” and add a new search engine.
  • Enter “Chrome Bookmarks Search” as a name for your search engine or whatever you would like to call it, “bm” as the keyword you’ll type for activating search (again your choice) and URL as chrome://bookmarks/#q=%s
  • All set!

Enter your keyword “bm”, hit the TAB key and enter your search term. This will automatically open your chrome Bookmark Manager with the search result.

Easily Search Chrome Bookmarks from Omnibox
Easily Search Chrome Bookmarks from Omnibox

You can use this trick to easily search for your history as well. Just add another entry with following URL.

History & Bookmark Search Engines in Chrome
History & Bookmark Search Engines in Chrome

9 thoughts on “Search your Chrome bookmarks and history easily from omnibox”

  1. Nilesh, you just saved me hours of frustration trying to find the syntax for chrome search history. Thank you sir!

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