S-o-o-o-o much time saved!
Check them out:
Bookmark Search (Shortcut I created: bm)
Google Drive Quick Search (my shortcut: dr)
I discovered this Gmail bonus:
Enable Apps Search in Labs to search Docs and Sites in addition to emails. Boom!
[Go to Gmail Settings -- Labs]
Once you've installed these extensions, right-click (pc) / control-click (Mac) in the Omnibox to Edit Search Engines.
And this editing box will pop up.
You can now choose your own keyboard shortcut.
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Here's a visual how-to that you might find helpful:
Here are the codes for three other sites I search frequently. Feel free to copy and paste if they're your favorites too.
Chrome Web Storehttps:chrome.google.com/webstore/search?q=%s
Google Calendar Searchhttps://www.google.com/calendar/render?q=%s
Here's where the code goes:
I see only two drawbacks to staying in the Omnibox for searches.
(1) I don't see the Google Doodle of the Day.
(2) As far as I can tell, the shortcuts don't work across my other open accounts, just with the account I used to sign in to Chrome.
Does anyone else customize their Omnibox? What did I miss?