Make search engines behave like chromium

  • In chromium, when you search on a website, it automatically creates a search engine with the website's name. This is of course still customizable, but what I really want to have is the way switching to a search engine works.

    Currently, you type in the search keyword followed by space. I'd prefer to have an option for the keyword to be followed by TAB key to switch to search mode instead. Currently, it just jumps away from the address field.

    Basically:

    enter a few letters of the address 
       -> completion list shows up 
           -> select website from the list 
               -> TAB -> search
               -> ENTER -> go to website
  • […] but what I really want to have is the way switching to a search engine works.

    But one precisely can't switch search engine with Chrome (or not easily, as you have to retype everything), while it's easy with Opera (without retyping all the request).

    Or may be I have not understood…

  • I'm not sure what you mean. You can switch the search engine without retyping in chromium as well, for example type a->tab/space->chromium shows search engine for 'a'-> type your request -> jump to start of request -> press backspace -> chromium exits search mode -> type 'b' for another search engine -> tab/space -> chromium will search for the query using search 'b' (no need to retype, just like opera)

    What I want is to be able to use TAB to switch to search mode on keyword, not only space. Plus, that it adds engines automatically when it finds them, maybe as an option.

    And visually, I think this is cleaner than this

  • And visually, I think this is cleaner than this

    For this one, I agree.

    For the rest, may be I was not using Chrome search the good way (I don't want to reinstall it to try again anyway).

  • I dislike this idea to be honest. Because using tab in the address bar has always served another purpose: moving the focus away from the address bar onto other areas. This isn't only something within Opera but most other browsers (FF, MSIE) follow this same principle. So I can't help wonder if this wouldn't make things a lot more confusing.

    Besides; alt-left and alt-right already allow for this behaviour (selecting other search icons).

  • Besides; alt-left and alt-right already allow for this behaviour (selecting other search icons).

    Never noticed before… thanks for the hint.

    How did you know?

  • I dislike this idea to be honest. Because using tab in the address bar has always served another purpose: moving the focus away from the address bar onto other areas. This isn't only something within Opera but most other browsers (FF, MSIE) follow this same principle. So I can't help wonder if this wouldn't make things a lot more confusing.

    Not at all. The only instance where TAB would not jump away if you are switching between website address and search mode (which involves you typing in the keyword in the first place). In that sense, it is shifting focus elsewhere - from the address bar to the search bar. Only that their position is the same.

    Besides; alt-left and alt-right already allow for this behaviour (selecting other search icons).

    I wasn't asking for TAB to switch between search engines, but thanks for that tip, this makes it faster than Chromium.

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