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How to Manage Your Side Search Panel in Google Chrome


If you’re looking for quick access to Google searches, Chrome’s Side search panel could be for you. Here’s how to manage the feature.

Google Chrome is constantly finding ways to improve its user experience. When you’re on a web page, and you want to perform a quick Google search, you can do that without opening a new tab.

Enabling your Side Search panel allows you to easily browse through Google search results. In this article, you’ll learn how to manage your Side Search panel in Google Chrome.


What Does Google’s Side Search Panel Do?

If you’re looking for flags to help you speed up Chrome, this is one of them. When you’re using Chrome’s Side Search panel, you reduce the need to open up a completely new tab to perform a simple Google search.

The Side Search panel is a default feature, but if you can’t see it in your settings, that’s because it’s on a controlled rollout. If you can’t see it as a default feature, you can access your Side Search settings through Chrome’s hidden flags.

How to Enable Google Chrome’s Side Search Panel

If you want a shortcut to search on Google Chrome while you’re browsing through a website, here’s a step-by-step guide on how to do enable your Side Search panel:

  1. Visit your Chrome address bar.
  2. Go to the Chrome flags menu by typing in this address: chrome://flags.

  3. Type Side search into the search bar.
  4. Select Enabled in the box next to Side search.
  5. Select Relaunch at the bottom-right of the page. You have to relaunch Chrome for these changes to take effect.

Once you’ve enabled this feature, you’ll see Google’s icon in the top-left corner of the page when you’re browsing on a specific website. All you have to do is tap on that icon and the Side Search panel will appear.

If you decide at any point that you want to disable this feature, here’s what you have to do:

  1. Go to Chrome flags: chrome://flags.
  2. Type Side search in the search bar.

  3. Select Disabled in the box next to Side search.
  4. Select Relaunch at the bottom-right of the page.


Enhance Your Google Chrome Experience

There’s so much more to Chrome than what’s available through your default settings. This article shows you just how to manage your Side Search panel through Chrome flags.

If you believe that this feature will add more functionality to your browsing experience, there’s still a lot more you can do on Chrome to optimize your experience.

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