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This is something that other browsers can do by default, or at least Firefox. And up until recently I could accomplish the same thing with an extension called Chrome Toolbox by Google. However, it looks like the extension is broken - lots of the most recent reviews note issues with it.

So, this brings me to my question - is there ANY other way, any other extension or plugin that allows for this capability? Another one I'd love is for items to come up in new tabs when I click on bookmarks in my bookmark bar. I still don't understand why these basic settings haven't been offered to Chrome users...

(Just to be clear, I understand you can do this via Alt-Enter but I wish to be able to do it with one key rather than a key-combo)

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You can accomplish that by typing your search or your URL in the address bar and then click Alt+Enter -instead of just Enter-, so you don't need to install any add-on that probably will consume more resources than you need to perform that simple thing...

By doing that, Chrome will automatically open a new tab in background with your search, or with your URL if you typed an URL...

Note: in OSX it's Cmd+Enter.

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I understand that and probably should have clarified it more in the above, I guess I will add to it. But, yes, I understand this and still think being able to just hit enter would be easier - one key vs. 2-key combos are always easier... –  Levi Wallach Oct 28 '13 at 17:04
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