Google Instant in Chrome is way more useful than it is on Google.com, but currently, you can only enable it on Windows. Reader Rob Johnson offers a simple trick for enabling Instant on Chrome’s latest dev release for Macs.
You can follow along with the process in the video above, or read the step-by-step below. If you want a preview of what Chrome Instant looks like, watch the video below.
I am quickly becoming a Google Chrome convert for Mac and have it set as my default browser on all my systems and platforms. I like the cutting edge features of the dev builds, but I’m not ready to plunge into the Chromium nightly builds for a default browser.
With the release of today’s version 8 for the Dev builds, I was upset to see that Google Instant was not available for us Mac users. So I did some homework and found out how to enable it in the Dev build for Mac. Here’s how:
1. Open Chrome and go to
about:labs and enable at least one feature. (I enabled tabbed settings.) Then restart Chrome to apply the settings, then quit Chrome.
/Users/YOUR-USERNAME/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/Default/Preferences with your favourite text editor and find the section that says:
"enabled_labs_experiments": [ "tabbed-options" ] ,
and change it to
"enabled_labs_experiments": [ "match-preview", "tabbed-options" ] ,
3. Save the file and reopen Chrome and BAM. Google Instant search for Mac!
Works like a charm. Thanks Rob!