Search the web on Chrome

You can find what you’re looking for faster by entering search words right in Chrome's address bar.

How searching in the address bar works

When you start typing in the address bar, Chrome will show you suggested phrases or URLs. If you’re on a computer, you might also see icons after the suggestions:

Icon Description
Bookmark Your bookmarked sites
Search suggestions Popular searches that contain the words you're typing
Blank page icon Sites from your browsing history

Once you click on a suggestion, Chrome opens that page for you.

Tips to make searching easier

You can make your searches easier and faster by using some of the search tips below.

On your computer

Search words or images
  1. Highlight a word, phrase, or image and right-click it on your computer. Use control-click on a Mac.
  2. Click the option to search for it with your default search engine. For example, you might see something like "Search Google for 'emperor penguin'" or "Search Bing for this Image."
Paste & search
  1. Highlight a word or phrase and copy it.
  2. Right-click the address bar on your screen. For Mac, control-click the address bar.
  3. Click Paste and search.
Search by voice

You can start a search or other voice command on Chrome by saying “Ok Google” on a Google search page or a new tab page. When you use "Ok Google," Chrome will send an audio recording of your voice search to Google.

Highlight & drag search

Highlight a word or phrase and drag it to the address bar. Chrome will automatically display the search results for your highlighted text.

On a mobile device

Chrome for Android

Search by voice

Set up “Ok Google” to search by voice without typing or clicking.

Search by touch

You can learn more about words or phrases you see on a web page by touching them on your screen:

  1. Touch any word on a webpage to highlight it.
  2. In the panel that shows up on the bottom of the page, swipe up. You’ll see search results for the words you highlighted.

This feature is only available on some Android devices.

Chrome for iOS

Search by voice

Touch the microphone icon above the virtual keyboard or on the New Tab page.

Search by touch

You can learn more about words or phrases you see on a web page by touching them on your screen:

  1. Touch any word on a webpage to highlight it.
  2. In the panel that shows up on the bottom of the page, swipe up. You’ll see search results for the words you highlighted.

This feature is only available on some iOS devices.

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