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In Chrome, If i type anything in the omnibar, it will search google for whatever I have typed.

If i do a query (Ctrl-E, which basically inserts a question mark at the start of the omnibar and seems like that's all it does) and type anything in the omnibar after the query, it will search google for whatever I've typed.

so what's the difference at all? (in other words what's the whole point of the query/Ctrl-E)

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In case you enter something that looks like a domain name, but isn't (in the context you're using it), like e.g. Microsoft .NET related technologies (Visual Studio .NET, VB.NET, etc.), and you want to prevent the browser from helpfully interpreting it as an URL.

Also, the search results for a domain sometimes can be kind of interesting, and this is one way to get them, instead of viewing the site (e.g. Which Google services are on the top ranks when searching for Googling for a web shop domain can also find reviews for merchants you might be interested in buying from. There are quite a few scenarios where you want to learn about a web site, and not go to the site.

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