Tuesday Tip: Quick-Search in Chrome Without Typing

By Richard Stokes


Recently while browsing online, I stumbled across a quick way to do a Google search for text you are reading that doesn’t already have some sort of hyperlink embedded in it, and it doesn’t require you to type the text to perform the search.

Here’s what I mean. I was doing some research on Prague in the Czech Republic for an upcoming trip, and while reading on Wikipedia about one of the more famous landmarks, the King Charles Bridge, I realized I didn’t know much about King Charles IV either. In the particular passage I was reading, there was no hyperlink against his name, as it had already appeared somewhere earlier in the article:


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So, instead of going back and searching for the hyperlink or opening another browser and typing the text in, I happened upon this shortcut:

With your mouse or touchpad, simply highlight the section of text you are wanting to get more information on. While it is highlighted, hover over it with your cursor and click and hold the highlighted section, then drag it up to the “+” (which is the next tab in your Chrome browser) and un-click.


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Voila! A new tab will open up showing you the top search results for the text you have just dragged up there.

There you have it, another quick timesaver. (And, by the way, if you’ve never been to Prague, it needs to be added to your bucket list.)


Richard Stokes: As the Director of Sales for Network 1, Richard identifies “future” clients that can benefit from the support of an experienced, outsourced IT team. He helps clients and prospects find technology solutions they need to achieve better productivity and efficiency so they can focus on making money and growing their businesses.

Network 1 designs, builds and supports the IT you need to run your business more securely, productively and successfully. Whether you want to outsource all of your IT needs to a reliable, responsive, service-oriented company, or need to supplement the work of your internal IT staff, we will carefully evaluate where you are now, discuss where you want to go and implement and support a plan to get you there with as little interruption as possible.


  1. Mickey on October 31, 2018 at 6:17 pm

    I’ve never seen that tip before. Quite useful!

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