How to Add Gmail as a Search Engine in Chrome-Based Browsers

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Jack Wallen shows you how to create a handy search engine so you can search your Gmail inbox from the Chrome address bar.

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I count a lot on gmail and I often have to search through my inbox for various missives. Fortunately, Gmail has a very powerful search tool that makes it easy to search even an incredibly large inbox.

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Sometimes, though, I don’t want to have to open Gmail to search for something. When I need a little more efficiency in my workflow, I can rely on Chrome’s ability to add custom search engines. Once you’ve added a search engine to Chrome, all you need to do is type a keyword in the address bar and press the Tab key on your keyboard to search for the target.

What you’ll need to add a Gmail search engine in Chrome

This feature works in Chrome. I tested it in some of the Chrome based browsers, only to find that it doesn’t work as expected. I’m going to demo with Chrome on Pop!_OS Linux, but this feature works regardless of OS.

How to add Gmail as a search engine

Open your browser, then open the Settings window. From there, locate the Search Engine section and click Manage Search Engines and Site Searches (Figure A).

Figure A

The Search Engine section in Opera’s settings.

In the resulting window (Figure B), you will see all the default search engines listed.

Figure B

Opera’s default search engines.

Below, you’ll see the Site Search section, which lists any custom search engines you’ve added. Click Add. In the next window (Figure C), here is what you need to paste in the settings.

After configuring the new search engine, click Save to close the window. Your new Gmail search engine has been added.

How to use the new Gmail search engine

Open a new tab and type “gmail” in the address bar followed by a space. Type the search query you want to run in Gmail and press Enter on your keyboard. This will open the tab in Gmail with your search results.

One thing to know is that you don’t need to use the default Google search engine for this to work. I tested the feature with DuckDuckGo listed as my default search engine and everything worked exactly as expected.

And that, my wonderful friends, is all it takes to set up Chrome with a more efficient way to search your Gmail account.

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