It is often by playing on the redundancy of functionalities that user interfaces are made more practical and intuitive. And this is precisely the approach that the developers of Google Chrome seem to be taking. In its latest browser update, the firm adds three very practical shortcuts to perform faster searches in the history, favorites or tabs.
Until then, to search in the history you had to go to the History menu, and click on Historical to open a new page topped with a search field. To search for tabsthe only option was to click on the chevron at the very top right of the Chrome windows and then type terms related to the tab you were looking for.
Chrome makes it easy to search tabs, history, and bookmarks
Finally, to search in the Favorites (or Bookmarks) you had to go to the menu Favorites then open the bookmarks manager. Which, like searching in History, adds unnecessary steps. So that’s what Google is trying to simplify by launching the @ shortcut that the user can enter at any time in the address bar.
When typing @ in the address bar of the latest versions of Chrome, the suggestions list has three new entries allowing you to search History, Tabs or Favorites directly from the toolbar. addresses. Simply typing @ displays three buttons to search History, Tabs, or Favorites.
But it is also possible to type directly @history, @favorites or @tabs followed by the Enter key to search directly in the corresponding category. Of course the usefulness of any or all of these shortcuts depends on your use of Chrome. For example, we appreciate being able to now juggle between tabs by simply typing @tabs in the address bar.
Especially when you have opened a lot of them, and the titles of the pages are no longer really readable directly above the address bar. The History shortcut encourages more and smarter use of history in everyday browsing. Similarly, the ability to search among favorites by typing @favorites further prompts the user to do so.
These three new features are available on all platforms in the latest versions of Chrome. Google does not specify, by the way, any particular version number. Which suggests that these new features have been activated on the server side. If typing @ in Chrome’s address bar doesn’t bring up a listing similar to the image in Headline in this article, we recommend updating your browser.
To do this, click on this link and launch the update if it is available. What do you think of these new Chrome shortcuts? Share your feedback in the comments.