How to search in the sidebar of Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome and Firefox?

Xiaobai Software  2022-08-27 18: 47  read 119 views

The search sidebar is a browser feature that displays search results in a side panel.The search sidebar isn't exactly a common feature of web browsers.However, developers are starting to realize the benefits of searching in the sidebar.

Edge is one of the first browsers to include a search sidebar in 2020.You can also enable similar functionality in Google Chrome and Firefox.Here's how you can use Microsoft Edge, Chrome, andFirefoxThe browser searches in the sidebar.


How to Search in Edge's Sidebar

Since Edge already has a fully integrated sidebar for search, you don't need to open any experimental settings or add an extension to enable such a feature in that browser. Edge's side panel includes a search button.However, if that panel is disabled in Edge's settings, you won't be able to access it from there.

You can enable the sidebar and open its search tool as follows:

1. Press Edge's Alt + F keyboard shortcut to view its menu.

2. Click the "Settings" option.

3. Select "Appearance" to the left of "Settings".


4. Open the Show Sidebar option.


5. Then click the Search option on the side panel.The search sidebar will open without entering any keywords.

You can bring up the search sidebar at any time from Edge's context menu.Search the web within Edge by simply selecting some text on a page.Then right-click on the highlighted text phrase and select the "Search in sidebar..." option.


A search sidebar will then appear on the right side of Edge, showing matching page results for the selected keyword text.The original page of your chosen keyword text will remain visible on the left side of the sidebar.

Scrolling down and clicking on a search result will open that page in the sidebar.Clicking the X at the top of the page displayed in the sidebar will return you to the search results.


However, you can open these pages in new tabs instead of the sidebar.Right-click on the search result and select the Open link in new tab option.Then select the new page that opens in the tab bar to see its content next to the search sidebar.

You can enter different keywords in the search box in the sidebar.Erase the current search phrase in the text box and enter an alternate keyword there.The sidebar will display all matching pages found with the Bing search engine (you can't change it to any alternative).

How to Search in Google Chrome's Sidebar

Google Chrome has an experimental search sidebar feature that you need to enable first.The feature can be activated by enabling the side search flag in Chrome's experimental tab.Here are the steps to enable and open the Chrome search sidebar:

1. Enter chrome://flags/ in the website address bar of Google Chrome, and then press Enter to pop up the Experiments tab.

2. Enter side search in the search box on the Experiments tab.


3. Select Enabled from the drop-down menu for the side search flag.

4. Click Restart to apply the new logo settings and restart the browser.


5. Open Google in the Chrome browser and enter a keyword in its search box to find web pages.

6. Then click on a search result to bring up its page.

You will now see a G (Open Search in Sidebar) button on the left side of the Chrome browser address bar.Clicking this G button brings up a sidebar with the search phrases and results you found on the open page.


This side panel is not exactly the same as the side panel in the Edge.First, it might not be surprising to hear that Chrome's search sidebar is currently only available for Google.Also, you cannot open web pages within this side panel.All search results you click in the sidebar will open the page in the active tab to the right of them.


Note that Chrome's experimental sidebar search is not a feature available in all versions of the browser.If you can't find the side search settings in the "Experiments" tab, you may need to update Chrome.Check for updates by selecting the "Help" and "About Google Chrome" options on the browser's main menu.The browser will then automatically download an available update.

In addition to the search sidebar, you can also enable the bookmarks sidebar in the Chrome browser with basically the same experimental settings.

How to Search in Firefox's Sidebar

Firefox does not have any built-in or experimental sidebar search functionality.However, you can add such functionality to this browser via the "Sidebar Search" plugin.The extension enables you to search selected text in the sidebar, just like in Microsoft Edge.You can also choose to use a different search engine within this sidebar.

To add sidebar search in Firefox, click the link below.On that page click Add toFirefox.Press the "Add" button to confirm and install the extension.

Then open a web page and select some text to search.Right-clicking the mouse brings up the context menu, which will now include a "Search in Sidebar" option.Click the "Sidebar Search" submenu and choose one of the four search engines (Bing, Google, DuckDuckGo, or Yahoo).


The sidebar will then open, showing matching search results.Click the Bing and Yahoo search links to open web pages in a new page tab on the right side of the sidebar.However, selecting Google's search results will open the web page within the sidebar.It's a weird inconsistency, but the plugin still works.


You can configure the extension to always use a specific search engine.Right-click the Sidebar Search button on the URL toolbar, select Manage Extensions > Options.Then select an option to always use a search engine.


The search extension in the sidebar is integrated with Firefox's sidebar.So you can view and open your bookmarks and history from the same sidebar.Click the drop-down menu at the top of the sidebar and select the bookmarks or history option.You can also change the position of the sidebar by selecting the Move sidebar to the right option from the same menu.

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Search in the sidebar for better web search

The Search Sidebar offers Edge, Chrome and Firefox users a new way to search the web.These handy sidebars allow you to keep search engines and their results visible on the side of your browser.When using these sidebars, you don't need to use your browser's back button to return to search results.

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