Google Chrome It has received several new features in recent days, such as the inclusion of a side search bar that facilitates Internet consultations.
This feature has been in development for the past year and is already rolling out to some users, though everyone can access it through an opt-in process.
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What is the search sidebar
It is a tool that is used in the desktop version of the web browser and that is activated once after accessing a link from a search result, when the bar is displayed, those results will appear again to continue with the query and find a Better option.
Using it is simple. When performing a search and entering a link, an icon will appear Google in the navigation bar, clicking on that symbol will display the side search on the right side with the results previously obtained.
In this panel you can browse normally, going to the different panels of images, videos, news and others, as well as starting a new consultation process for a totally new topic.
If you decide to enter one of the links in the results, the main page will be changed to that site, but the bar will not be removed, since the only way is to close it directly with the ‘X’ icon.
This section allows you to make changes so that the favorites bar or the reading list is displayed, becoming an additional tool for the use of the browser in multitasking.
At the moment this function is operating in Chromebut they hope to bring it to other browsers like DuckDuckDuckGo. Also, it only works if the default search engine is Googlebecause having configured Bingfor example, the icon to display the sidebar does not appear.
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How to activate the search sidebar
This novelty is already available to some users by default, but everyone can already access it.
If you do not have it, you must open these two links in the browser: chrome://flags/#side-search and chrome://flags/#side-search-dse-support and change the button to ‘Enabled’ (enabled ) in the two dropdown menus that appear at the beginning.
In both cases, it will ask to restart the browser, but it will reopen the pages that were open before, so no process will be lost.
Energy saving in Chrome
Another novelty of the browser is the inclusion of a power saving mode, which will cause the application to limit background activity, visual effects and video frame rates, which may affect the user experience. , but it will optimize the battery in emergency cases.
This was added taking into account the high battery drain exerted by Chrome about devices, especially for those who work or study from a laptop.
In order to activate this option you must go to ‘chrome://flags’ from the browser and find there the option called ‘Enable the Battery Saver Mode Feature in the Settings’, to change the button to ‘Enable’ (enabled) and restart the Navigator. This will allow the user to have the freedom to use the tool when needed, by going to Settings > Performance > Power saving.