Google search bar which appears when you launch a new tab in the Chrome browser is not a true search field. What it does is redirects all your queries to the browser address bar and do not search anything within the new tab page.

How to Enable Real Search Box on New Tab Page in Google Chrome

In technical terms the search box appears on the new tab is a fake search box and it’s just a worthless decoration for the search feature. The fake search box was employed in the Chrome browser is 2012.

Some users might want to enable the real search box instead of a fake search box in the Chrome browser which actually searches withing the new tab.

Enable Real Search Box in Chrome New Tab Page

Fortunately, it is possible now as the company added an experimental flag that helps in enabling a real search box. If you’re interested, here’s how you can enable it

1. Update Chrome browser to the latest version i.e. Chrome v79 or above.

2. Next, you need to visit the following address: chrome://flags/#ntp-realbox

3. Using the drop for flag “Real search box in New Tab Page” drop-down change the settings from Default to Enable.

Real search box in New Tab Page chrome flag

4. Click on the Relaunch button to apply the changes.


chrome fake search box


real search box in chrome

The following flag will enable the real search box in the Chrome browser and you will be able to search your queries within a new tab page. You can also check out YouTube for demonstration:

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