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I am aware of this question: How to disable search in the Google Chrome address bar? and this one: Force Chrome to open URLs as URLs, instead of searching

However, both of those are about URL searches in the address bar so I don't think I'm asking the same question.

Anyway, when I go to www.google.com in Google Chrome and want to use the search box, which is in the middle of the screen, as soon as I start typing Chrome is forcing my search text into the address bar instead.

Under some circumstances I don't fully understand or can replicate reliably sometimes a search box appears just below the search bar instead (this is actually the default behavior in all other browsers I tested at www.google.com).

I think it is very "user-unfriendly" and a major design and usability flaw to move the text the user is typing to a different location while the user is typing the text. What I want is for my search text not to be moved to the address bar, or the search box itself to be moved as is the case with other browsers, while I'm typing.

Is there any way to achieve this while performing searches at www.google.com?

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This only seems to happen to me when I open a new tab in Chrome. It shows the Google logo and the search bar as you describe, as if I'm really on google.com, but doesn't function the way google.com really does. I think that box on the other "google" page is linked through Chrome's Omnibox feature. –  C-dizzle Dec 3 '13 at 21:31
    
Use CoolNovo. It has an option to change the omnibox into a separate address bar and a separate search box, but works almost exactly like Google Chrome. –  deleteme Sep 2 at 23:12

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I found a workaround. Change your default omnibox search engine to anything other than Google. Then the Google home page will operate normally.

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Dean. That's a misconception you have. That page you opened is actually the Chrome new tab page. If you set Google as your homepage and open it, there will be no problem. That place you wrote in is just an extension of the omnisearch bar.

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