Searching for a query in Google Chrome could soon get much easier, thanks to an upcoming feature that adds a sidebar as you browse the web.
With Google’s Chrome web browser approaching version 100, we’re already seeing some features that can help change the way you use the browser, such as improvements to closing tabs in Android, and it’s likely that we may see other features appear as we approach the big release.
If you have multiple tabs open at once, this could be a great feature for searching as you browse. However, it looks like the sidebar will only show in one tab – it won’t stay in the same place as you switch between different tabs.
However, this is still a feature in testing, so the sidebar could change before it appears in a final version of Google Chrome.
How do you enable the side search bar?
As it stands, the sidebar isn’t available in Google Chrome 99, but it is in the test version of Chrome, called Canary.
Go to chrome://flags when running Google Chrome Canary version 100, and you’ll be brought to the flag page, where you can enable many features in testing.
In the search bar, type in ‘Sidebar’ and you’ll be greeted with three options. Enable all of these, then close and open up the browser.
Search for a query and select the first result. A ‘G’ icon will appear alongside the address bar. Click on this, which will make the sidebar appear. You can then use this to search for anything else while you browse in the main window.