According to reports, Google is developing a new Chrome feature that will allow you to open your recent search results in a sidebar. The experimental feature called “Page Search” appears to be similar to Microsoft Edge’s sidebar search feature.
According to 9to5Google, the experimental feature opens a sidebar to the left of your current tab when you click the Google “G” logo that appears next to the URL bar. The sidebar area shows your most recent Google search results, while the main browser tab shows any results you click.
That means you don’t have to hit the back button to see your recent results or open up multiple links of interest in separate tabs to view later. The experimental feature of Chrome was discovered in the latest version of Chrome Canary, with new flags related to page search. This special ability has the following description:
Provides easy access to your latest Google search results page embedded in a browser page panel – Mac, Windows, Linux, Chrome OS
If this setup sounds familiar, it’s because Microsoft Edge introduced a similar feature called Sidebar Search last year. Its basic function is to allow you to look up a word or phrase in the control panel on the right side of your current tab, which shows relevant web results.
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This is on top of another experimental feature discovered over a week ago that would allow Chrome to automatically pull up discount coupons for you when you shop online.
The sidebar feature isn’t expected to be available in a stable version on many of the best laptops until mid-November, when Google plans to release Chrome 96.
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