The auto-detected search engines in Google Chrome are one of those niceties that makes the browser outshine Firefox among power users. Without it, all those shortcuts that are burned into your muscle memory are useless. Or at least they were. You can now enable search engine (and open tab) syncing in the dev channel of Chrome.
Here’s how to set it up:
- Visit chrome://flags/
- Enable syncing search engines and open tabs
- Go to chrome://settings/personal, click Advanced
- Make sure the new options are selected
- Use the same search engine shortcuts everywhere!
The greatest thing about syncing search engines? You can practice the fine art of keyword bookmarking and speed up and eliminate some of those repetitive keystrokes.
In testing, the search engine syncing worked like a charm. I didn’t have any luck getting the open tab syncing to work across computers, though, so if you have better luck, let’s hear how you got it to work in the comments. The feature isn’t yet in the stable release of Chrome, so you need to be living on the bleeding edge of the dev channel to try it out for now.