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If I type in a URL (e.g., https://somedomain.com/some/url/) Google Chrome sometimes tries to search Google instead of resolving to the page. The suggestion menu sees the url and contains Google Encrypted Search Provider Search beside it.

It isn't consistent when this is done. If I slightly modify the path by adding "foo/" or removing "url/", it will follow to the underlying webpage. Even if I add a hash "#foo" to the end, it'll follow the address, but not if I only include the hash '#' without extra characters.

I figured this has something to do with the browsing history, so I opened the History, searched for the path, and deleted all instances where it tried to go to google.com to perform the search; which didn't work.

Google Chrome address bar searches instead of going to URL is a similar, but the answer did not apply. The issue is not related to the domain.

  • Try this : In Chrome, click the three-dots icon, click on Settings, and under "Search engine" ensure that "Google" is chosen. – harrymc Oct 31 '18 at 19:12
  • @harrymc thanks for your comment, yes it was selected. Chrome was a relatively new install, without many add-ons (none that affected the URL), but I hoped to describe that it seems more to do with a history, since the minor differences in the URL worked as expected. At some point the URL may have failed and so Google may have needed to perform a search and thus is doing it every time since for that particular endpoint – Mike Nov 1 '18 at 4:00
  • If you suspect that this is the case, you could Clear your Chrome browsing history, instead of deleting selectively. – harrymc Nov 1 '18 at 7:23
  • It's a suspicion, not an assertion that it would work; however, the history is necessary. I suppose I could setup a test machine to test this in future where history isn't as vital – Mike Nov 15 '18 at 21:00
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Here are the steps to avoid Google from searching:

  1. Enter URL in the address bar
    • Do not hit enter if the suggestion is for the encrypted search
  2. Click into the body of the browser so that the suggestion menu goes away
  3. Click back on the address bar
    • The suggestion menu should not appear
  4. Hit Enter/Return via keyboard

This should then store the URL in the browser's suggestion history. Next time the URL is entered it will go to it, instead of searching for it on Google.com (or whatever the default search engine is).

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