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3/21/19
How do you stop the address bar from being a search box? 0 Recommended Answers 124 Replies 207 Upvotes
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Last edited 5/10/19
I've searched the Chrome site and see no instructions on how to accomplish this.
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3/21/19
I'm not sure you can.
 
Are you asking because you type in a valid URL and it searches for it rather than bring it up, or do you really object to typing "weather" into the URL bar and it searches for "weather" ?
Last edited 5/25/19
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3/21/19
Because It searches for a URL rather than going to it. I simply don't want my address bar to be a search bar.
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3/21/19
so that's a fault on your copy of chrome. 
If it were working properly I guess you'd never type in anything other than a URL and it'd not annoy you.

does it return search results for the URL or an error ?
does it search for any URL or is it just one or a few?
has it ever worked properly?
what happens if  you use another browser ?
Last edited 5/12/19
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3/21/19
It returns web search results. It used to work. Other Bowser's have the ability to turn off searching from the address bar and/or have a separate search box near the address box. Chrome needs that too. I guess I have to switch browsers again.
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3/21/19
so its not searching for the URL because it can't load the URL for some reason.
Last edited 5/31/19
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3/21/19
I simply don't want to search from the address box. A simple yes or no to my question "can I make it stop searching" with instructions if the answer is yes is all I am looking for.
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3/21/19
Then as i said originally "I'm not sure you can"   no.
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4/2/19
This is an issue. A preference issue, but an issue nonetheless. Google should take a look at this. Thought I was the only one.
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4/5/19
David Skidmore, It is maddening!! I thought I too was the only one, or that I had done something wrong. The best I can get is to turn off predictive searching but that does absolutely nothing. Don't waste your time. And while we're on the subject of time wasting...why do people in help forums, insist upon answering questions they don't know the answer to, by asking increasingly stupid questions, before finally acknowledging they don"t know what the heck they're talking about? It's just rude and causes more frustration than the asker is already experiencing.? #caver-tim ?
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This flag either is renamed or no longer available. Surely there's a setting available that is more user friendly than having to hack beta services?
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