I’ve also been looking for a way to fix/augment Chrome’s Omnibar which still falls short of Firefox’s Awesomebar in functionality esp. in handling items from my history.
In the same line as mlsteeve’s solution, I added History Search as a shortcut item. I did so by:
- Right Clicking in the Omnibar > “Edit Search Engines”
- Add Chrome’s History handler as a search engine
It is not a perfect solution but it works well enough for my needs. Now you can quickly search your history by typing
hs TAB in the Omnibar. The bonus is that your results are a little more detailed than in the URL bar.
The FauxBar Extension brings FireFox’ Navbar behavior to Chrome/Chromium.
While unfortunately it does not replace the Omnibar, it creates an own navbar inside new tabs/windows and allows you to configure Chrome to autofocus that bar, which has that pleasant AwesomeBar feel to it.
- Enter about:flags in the omnibar
- Enable the option – ‘Enable better omnibox history matching’
If you right click on the address bar in chrome, and click on “Edit Search engines…”, you can setup rules like the ones you mentioned.
I’ll use the “inbox” rule as an example. In the “Edit search engines” dialog, click “Add”, For Name enter “inbox”, keyword =”inbox”, and URL=”www.gmail.com”. Now whenever you type “inbox” into the omnibar, it will take you to http://www.gmail.com. I’m sure you can do something similar with stackoverflow.
I was looking for something similar and the best thing I found so far is an extension called
Fauxbar Lite (Note, there is also an extension called
Fauxbar, but that’s not the one I mean). It does install an extra search bar, but you can disable that and just use the history/bookmark search functionality directly from
omnibar, using the keyword
f (just type
f SPACE <searchstring> in omnibar).
hope that helps