The Google Chrome omnibox is very useful and is part of many nifty Chrome tricks. Whether you’re browsing a website or solving quick math questions, and more, the omnibox has you covered. Now, it seems that Google is working to make it even more useful for users.
In the latest version of Google Chrome’s Canary channel, the browser has a new desktop sharing center built into the omnibox. First seen by Chrome history, the feature can be enabled through a Chrome flag and offers website sharing options to make it easier for users to copy links or share the URL via QR code etc.
The feature can be enabled by heading to chrome: // flags in Chrome Canary v92.0.4504.0 and enabling the # sharing-hub-desktop-omnibox flag. You will then see a “plus” icon in the multifunction box, next to the QR code sharing feature. Tapping this brings up options like copy link, QR code, and more. You can even use this menu to cast the website to a Chromecast device on your network. There is also a ‘save as’ option in case you want to download the static web page on your computer.
Obviously, since the feature is currently on the Canary channel, it is unknown when or if it will reach the stable version of Chrome. At best, it’s still a couple of months away from it becoming a main feature on Chrome’s stable channel. However, it seems to be a useful addition to Chrome, especially for people who often find themselves sharing URLs as QR codes or just plain links.
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