Extending the Omnibox

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

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One of the most powerful aspects of Google Chrome is the omnibox, also known as the address bar. You can type URLs and searches into one unified place and it all just works. With the new omnibox API, extension developers can make the omnibox even more powerful.

The omnibox API lets extension developers add their own keyword command to the omnibox. When the user types a query prefixed by this keyword, the extension can suggest potential completions and react to the user's input.

For example, this extension lets you search and switch between your open tabs from the omnibox:



Keep an eye out for cool new extensions as developers get their hands on this API!

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