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I'm a heavy Chrome user and while typing in yet another url, I noticed a strange behavoir whereby the ombnibar (url bar) changed to say "Search MyCo JIRA:" and allowed me to directly search my jira site via the private search page. Same works for wikipedia, confluence, and others.

How does chrome recognize this site is searchable and how to submit the request?

Here is the key combo I came across: - open chrome and place cursor into an empty omnibar. - type<space>

that is the domain, a colon, and a space.

The omnibar changes to show a spyglass button saying "Search Wikipedia (en):"

This is so cool I want to know how to do this to my site.

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What do you mean by "do this to my site"? – bwall Feb 2 '12 at 20:19
Is this the same thing as when (for example) you type in and press <Tab> to search? – Nate Koppenhaver Feb 2 '12 at 20:21
I would like to know how this works so I can identify other sites that support it and find/make an extension for my blog. – Stevko Feb 2 '12 at 20:23
Yes, tab has the same effect. Nice! – Stevko Feb 2 '12 at 20:24
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You may be thinking about OpenSearch. Here's how to add it to your site:

Implement OpenSearch on your site in 5 minutes

Here are some details on how Chrome handles the tab-to-search:

If you want complete Google search integration on your site, see here:

Google SiteSearch

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Cool! seems is OpenSearch-able as well. Thanks – Stevko Feb 2 '12 at 20:32
OpenSearch appears to be very flexible. It would definitely make your site impressive to visitors. – bwall Feb 2 '12 at 20:34

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