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Chrome to Get A Real “Searchbox” On The New Tab Page Very Soon

Google Chrome is a popular web browser that offers an easier, safer, and faster web browsing experience. Its minimal design differentiates it from other third-party browsers. You can simply type a keyword in the address bar and the browser will display a long list of search results. Google Chrome comes with many useful built-in features including themes, extensions, apps, automatic translation and more.

It looks like Google is planning to improve the search experience in Chrome. As we already know the New Tab Page opens with a search box. However, many of us don’t know that the search box is just a UI element and its fake. The search box is not meant to perform any search function in reality.

As soon as you attempt to type anything, the focus is immediately shifted to the address bar at the top. It means that the actual search is performed by the address bar itself. A new Chromium Gerrit commit indicates that Microsoft is working to change the functionality. You might see a real search box on the new tab that performs Google search very soon.  Here’s how the commit describes the change.

Chrome New Tab Page: start adding a “real” search box (“realbox”)

* Adds a feature ([k]NtpRealbox)
* Implements a UI identical to the “fakebox” (but with real <input>)
* Does some embeddedSearch plumbing
* Sends new <input> bounds and transforms them just like Autofill
* Updates externs

I think it may make sense to launch this earlier on fullscreen,
where the “fakebox” + omnibox experience is pretty bad. If so,
we’ll either implement that aspect in JS (fullscreen detection)
and let it flow out embedded in the client or add a separate flag.

Google has listed two user-reported bugs that triggered the change. According to the first bug report, the way the fake box works is against the accessibility guidelines. Moreover, the focus should not shift before users actually type in the search box and hit the enter button.

The second bug report discusses a problem with the fullscreen mode. When a new tab is opened while the full-screen mode is active, the focus jumps to the address bar on typing. Apparently, the address bar becomes visible and the focus from the fullscreen mode is shifted to some extent. This situation is against the expected behaviour.

The new feature is currently in the developmental stages and it might take a few more weeks to be pushed in the Stable builds.

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