How to make Chrome's omnibox return only search suggestions

Enter a single character before entering a word or phrase in Chrome's omnibox, and you'll strip out browsing history and bookmark suggestions, leaving you with a clean list of suggested search terms.

Chrome's omnibox can be a little too helpful sometimes. Begin entering in a word or phrase, and it starts autocompleting, spitting out suggested search terms, e-mails, bookmarks, and past pages from your browser history.

Without a question mark, you get a list cluttered with e-mails, bookmarks, past Web pages, and so on. Screenshot by Matt Elliott/CNET

In many instances, however, you use the omnibox to perform a simple Web search and want to see only suggested search terms. In such an instance, enter a question mark before your search term and in the omnibox's drop-down menu, you'll see only search suggestions.

With a question mark, you get a clean list of suggested search terms. Screenshot by Matt Elliott/CNET

Now, you can simply click in the omnibox and key in a "?" or you can use a keyboard shortcut to enter the question mark in the omnibox, saving you from having to click first. For Windows, use Ctrl-K or Ctrl-E. For Mac, use ?-Option-F.

(Via Google Operating System Blog)

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