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Under Linux and OS X the tab in when typing in the Chrome URL bar will set a search provider. So for instance, wiki TAB will change the URL bar to a Wikipedia search, and then anything I type past that searches Wikipedia only.

But for some reason on my Desktop running Windows 7 using the Tab key when focus is on the URL pops the focus down to the browser.

I am running Chrome 9.0.597.98. Is this a known issue with the Windows version? Or do I have something mis-configured?

Seems like something is up with Chrome install, I've tried disabling all my extensions and clearing out my personal data, but to no avail. Is there any reliable way to remove all Chrome data and configuration and start fresh?

Two threads I found related to this issue, the popular solution of hitting space before tab is not working for me.

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Are you sure you aren’t typing anything else after wiki? In your post you have a space between them which would mean that Chrome thinks that a space is the query you want to send to Wikipedia, so when you press Tab after that, it just goes to the browser window as expected. Try typing wiki in the Omnibar without a space or anything, then look at the right end of the Omnibar. It should say Press Tab to search Wikipedia. Now press space and the notice goes away because you are already using the wiki shortcut.

Edit the keyword in the Search Engine Management dialog: enter image description here

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I don't get a "Press Tab to search Wikipedia" prompt. – James McMahon Feb 21 '11 at 16:20
At all‽ It should show that notice as soon as you have typed the second ‘i’ in the Omnibar. – Synetech Feb 21 '11 at 16:30
All I see is my search history. – James McMahon Feb 21 '11 at 16:31
In the history drop-down, is there this entry: Search Wikipedia for <enter query> - (Keyword: wiki)? – Synetech Feb 21 '11 at 16:33
Whenever you perform a search on a webpage, Chrome adds that search field to its list of Search Engines, using the domain name of the site as the keyword. So if you perform a search at, from that point on, you can use as a shortcut instead of going to the page and manually performing the search. For example to search for blah you would now enter blah in the Omnibar. I don’t have a Mac, but I imagine that it should perform similarly to the Windows version. You can edit the Wikipedia entry and set the keyword to w to make it work the same. – Synetech Feb 22 '11 at 0:57

Right click in the URL bar and select Edit Search Engines.... You may need to tweak some of the entries. I'm not sure what changed about Wikipedia, but I found that I had to manually fix that particular one. It was set to "" and I changed it to "".

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It's not just Wikipedia that isn't working, it's that entire functionality. – James McMahon Feb 21 '11 at 16:19

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