Google Chrome is getting tab search and improved antivirus integration

Google is rolling out two new features that will allow you to
visit browser pages directly from the address bar and easily
navigate between open tabs.

The company is testing a new feature called ‘Tab Search’ that
will allow you to easily locate your open tabs. In addition,
there are plans to improve Chrome’s integration with antivirus
software on Windows 10.

Google is also working on a new actionable address bar to help
you open browser settings by typing keywords.

As the name suggests, the ‘actionable address bar’ will allow
users to perform specific browser actions. For example, you can
type ‘Clear browsing data’ or ‘Edit passwords’ to clear your
browsing data (cache, cookies, history, etc) and manage your
saved passwords respectively.

The actionable address bar is currently rolling out to
Chrome 87 on Windows and other platforms, but you can turn
it on manually by following these steps:

  • Open Chrome://flags menu.
  • Search for “Omnibox suggestion button row” and “Omnibox
    Pedal Suggestions”.
  • Enable the flags and relaunch the browser.

The new actionable address bar might also come to Microsoft
Edge in near future, at least via the experimental flags menu.

As we mentioned above, Google is also working on a new Tab
Search feature for Chrome browser. This will allow you to
search for open tabs directly from the browser’s window, as
shown in the screenshot below.

Chrome Tab Search

Once enabled, it will add a search field to the tab row and
you’ll gain access to a search box. The search box can be
easily accessed using your mouse or using a keyboard shortcut:
Ctrl + Shift + E.

Chrome to get better antivirus integration

For Windows 10, Google is working on a new feature that will
allow Chrome to function smoothly when your third-party
antivirus software is configured to scan local storage.

In a commit, Google noted that Windows 10 antivirus programs
and other scanners may briefly lock new files. This approach
can lead to frequent problems when you’re saving bookmarks and
other files using Chrome.

A new Chrome attempts to deal with this by retrying the racy
ReplaceFile step a few times.

“This is only done on Windows because that is hoped to be the
only place where it happens,” Google said.

As we reported last week, Google is also experimenting with a
feature that will reduce memory usage on Windows 10 by
allocating resources correctly.

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