A lot of parameters append to the searches we do on the address bar, here's a full list: https://moz.com/blog/the-ultimate-guide-to-the-google-search-parameters

I bookmark my Google searches a lot, and by a lot I mean I have more than 4 thousand of them. So I want the URL's to look tidy to identify duplicates better. The bookmarks are vocabulary look ups, like "Define word" etc.

Here's the search engines chrome://settings/searchEngines:

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But I can't edit the query URL on the Google search engine:

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And I can't make a new Google.com search engine probably because it would be a duplicate of the default Google search engine (the default google search engine can't be removed):

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Seems like the question is vague? here's a better example:

When I search on the address bar which uses the default search engine which is google, I want my URL to look like this:


Instead of this:

  • What is the question? – Bogdan Doicin Feb 23 at 11:44
  • What exactly are you trying to do? – harrymc Feb 23 at 12:07
  • Updated the question to make it more understandable – Shayan Feb 23 at 12:29
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    Instead of the actual search term, use %s in place of the search terms, when defining a "new" search engine. I believe your method should only work when attempting external queries. – joat Feb 23 at 13:01

You are unable to change the active and default search plugin. Steps should be:

  1. Change default from Google to another search engine (e.g. Bing).
  2. Edit Google.
  3. Change back the default to Google from Bing.


  1. Create a new search engine - and name it something else e.g. Goog
  2. Change the default from Google to Goog.
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    Thanks! so I deleted the default and created a new one and in the query URL I added https://www.google.com/search?q=%s works nice :D – Shayan Feb 23 at 13:33
  • woops! shouldn't have deleted it! now the search prediction doesn't work! xD fixed it by restoring settings, and instead of deleting went exactly with your alternative option :D – Shayan Feb 24 at 0:54

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