My home PC, Windows 10, latest Chrome, using Google as a default search. Whenever I search for something, the typing is done in the top bar (URL bar) instead of the Google Chrome search bar even if I put the cursor inside Google's search box. Why?

I didn't see this issue on my other laptops.

So basically I want to search using google's search box like this:

Google search box

But instead I'm being forced to type in the address bar like below, even if my cursor is inside the search bar.

Google Chrome URL bar

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    I'm not sure what you mean, what is the "google chrome search bar"? Can you provide a screenshot? Stock Google Chrome only has a single "Omni-box" - there is no separate "search bar". Are you referring to the search box on the "new tab" page? Or the Google website search page?
    – MrWhite
    Aug 21, 2016 at 12:04
  • @w3dk I updated the question
    – Lynob
    Aug 21, 2016 at 12:11
  • That behaviour does seem bizarre. I've only experienced this with the search box on the "new tab" page, not on the Google website itself.
    – MrWhite
    Aug 21, 2016 at 13:04
  • @w3dk when you open a new tab even if that new tab looks like this prntscr.com/c8hi3x ? and what about when you open the browser? can you type inside the search box?
    – Lynob
    Aug 21, 2016 at 13:19
  • @w3dk if I explicitly go to google.com, only then i can use the search box
    – Lynob
    Aug 21, 2016 at 13:20

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That's by design. Chrome has worked that way for some time, now. I expect that they do this in order to illustrate that you can (and should) use the Chrome Omnibar for searching.

  • strange, this issue is only on one laptop. my work laptop doesn't have it neither my linux laptop. I don't know why one should use the omnibar though, but I don't have any options.
    – Lynob
    Aug 21, 2016 at 14:59
  • @Lynob What OS is your "work laptop"?
    – MrWhite
    Aug 21, 2016 at 15:36
  • @w3dk windows 10 too, I don't remember what happens when i search in new tab, i'll have to test it at the office but I'm pretty sure that when I start the browser I see the same view as the new tab and I can type in the search box
    – Lynob
    Aug 21, 2016 at 16:22
  • "when I start the browser I see the same view as the new tab" - Yes, that will be the "new tab" page. (Unless you change this in settings for the browser to start on a specific page(s), or to "continue where you left off". Of course, you could change this to always start on the actual google.com home page, rather than the new tab page - both will show a similar search box.)
    – MrWhite
    Aug 21, 2016 at 16:27

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