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You don’t need to open Gmail’s web interface every time you want to find an old email. With one quick tweak, you can search your inbox from Chrome’s omnibar just like you search the web.

All you have to do is add a custom search engine. Begin by clicking on the hamburger icon to the right of the Chrome’s omnibar, then click on Settings from the dropdown menu.

On the Settings page, click on Manage search engines… in the Search section. You should now see a dialog box with a list of available search engines. Under Other search engines, enter the following data:

  • Field 1: Gmail
  • Field 2: gm
  • Field 3: https://mail.google.com/mail/#search/%s

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Now hit Enter and exit the dialog box. The next time you want to search Gmail, go to the omnibar, type gm, then hit the spacebar. You should now see Search Gmail: in the omnibar. Type your query and press Enter.

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This gives you matching results right in your inbox. Are you logged into multiple Gmail accounts? The first account you signed into will be the one that gets searched.

All in all, this small tweak allows you to search your Gmail the easy way. Take advantage of it! And keep learning more omnibox tricks 11 Quick Tricks To Become A Chrome Omnibox Power User 11 Quick Tricks To Become A Chrome Omnibox Power User Do you want to become an Omnibox power user and save plenty of time and keystrokes? All you need are a few good extensions and a little knowledge of how to tweak the search settings.... Read More to use Chrome smarter.

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