After Chrome OS, Google is working to bring the side search resource for chrome browser on windows, Mac and Linux for you to easily compare search results on side panel and view the page at the same time. The feature resembles Edge’s sidebar search and resembles the side panel that Chrome already has. Dive in for more information on enabling and exploring the feature in Chrome Browser for Windows.
What is side search?
Last year, Google announced that it is running an experiment in Chrome OS with a side panel that helps users easily compare search results.
The feature allows you to “view a page and search results at the same time” and avoids the need to “scroll back and forth or miss search results”.
The company said it will scale the experiment to other platforms in the future. Side search is now available for testing in Chrome Canary on Windows.
How to Enable Side Search in Chrome on Windows
- Open the Chrome browser
- Visit chrome://flags
- Meet Sidesearch and sidesearch DSE support, in the drop-down menu next to each select “Able” and restart the browser.
Note: You must use Google as the default search engine in Chrome for this. With the “Side search DSE support” flag, you should expect the default search engines participating in the experiment to work, but this is not the case for Bing, DuckDuckGo, and other SEs as of now.
Using Google Side Search in Chrome
- Search something in the Omnibox like you usually do
- Click on any of the search results, the side search icon appears before the Share menu button in the address bar.
- Clicking on it opens the results in the Side Panel on the right side.
- Each click on the SERP in the right side panel displays the page in the same tab while the Side Panel is pinned and remains permanent.
To close the Side Panel, click the x icon, this closes the Side search.panel.
Edge sidebar search vs Chrome Side search
Microsoft Edge with Sidebar Search displays Sidebar Search results in the right side when you select the context menu option for the selected text or phrase. The feature also supports images.
Chrome side search also displays search results in the right side panel.
You need to perform a search in the address bar in Chrome and then click on a link for the Side Search button to appear to see the results in the side panel. This may not seem intuitive from a user’s point of view.
Keep in mind that the feature is still an experiment, it may or may not become stable like other flags.
Google borrowed a feature (Bing Sidebar Search) from the new Microsoft Edge browser and is now testing it for Chrome on Windows and other platforms after Chrome OS. The feature aims to easily compare search results and view the page in the same window without opening multiple tabs or switching between tabs or losing search results.
The feature is currently available in Chrome 101 Canary for testing on the Windows platform. Give it a try and let us know what you think in the comments below.
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