Chrome confirms a new ‘side search’ feature on desktop but it will be exclusive to Chrome OS only

The unfortunate rollout of Chrome OS 96, which had to be paused and then resumed, made December 2021 a difficult month for Google and Chrome OS customers. Despite its flaws, Chrome OS 96 included a few useful hidden features.

The new ‘Side Search’ feature on Chrome desktop explained and analyzed

One of these new features was “Side Search,” which is a side panel in Chrome designed “to make it simpler to compare search results and discover what you’re looking for more quickly in Chrome,” according to Google. This optional side panel will allow you to continue surfing on one side of the browser while viewing the search results that brought you there on the other, According to Google:

“This lets you view a page right in your main browser window without needing to navigate back and forth or losing your search results. The goal of this experiment is to explore how Chrome can better help users easily compare results”

– Chromium Blog

As useful as this feature appears to be, it is now only available on Chrome OS and only by switching an experimental flag (#side-search). However, as Redditor r/Leopeva64-2 discovered, a recent commit suggests that this functionality will be enabled for all desktop platforms.

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Furthermore, this panel will be relocated from the left (as it is presently on Chrome OS) to the unified right side panel, which now includes the Reading List and Bookmarks — and, in future releases, the Feed and Reader Mode as well. This is now available for testing on Chrome Canary for Windows, however, the flag #side-search must still be enabled.

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Shazia Irani

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