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Under the manage search engines section in preferences, I deleted the original Google search engine and added a new one with the same "URL" string. When I type in the Omnibar, search works fine however it fails to autocomplete the word. How should I remedy this?

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As far as I know, there's no way to manually re-add the default Google search with all its features.1

However, you can delete the configuration file that contains user-defined searches and let Chrome recreate it.

Steps

  1. Close Chrome.

  2. Locate your profile's Chrome folder:

    • Windows 7 and Vista:

      %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default
      
    • Windows XP:

      %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default
      
    • Ubuntu:

      ~/.config/google-chrome/Default
      
    • Mac OS X:

      ~/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/Default
      

    If you're not using the default profile, replace Default with your profile name.

  3. Move the files Web Data and Web Data-journal elsewhere (so you can restore them if their absence causes unexpected problems).

  4. Reopen Chrome and sign in (if you use a Google Account).

  5. Select the restored default Google search in Manage search engines and make sure the option Enable Instant for faster searching is checked.


1 The default Google search doesn't appear in the Web Data like user-defined searches. Selecting the default search modifies the properties "instant_url" and ""suggest_url"" of "default_search_provider" in the Preferences file. Even modifying those properties manually doesn't have the desired effect, since Chrome removes them on restart.

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