I find myself doing a lot of searching on Amazon. I search for albums to see what songs are on them. I search for products to do price comparisons versus my local stores. I search to see if a book comes in Kindle format. You get the idea.
This little Chrome hack saves me time every time I want to search for something on Amazon.
For those who don’t know, Google Chrome is a web browser, like Firefox or Internet Explorer. It’s the best browser, so you should be using it if you’re not. Chrome users likely already know that you can perform a Google search by simply typing your search query into the browser’s address bar and hitting enter. But you can search Amazon using the address bar directly.
Just type in “amazon.com” like you normally would, but hit the tab button instead of enter. It’ll look like this:
Then simply type in what you’re searching for, hit enter, and you’ll be taken to the Amazon.com search results page.
Unfortunately, this trick doesn’t work for amazon.co.uk or amazon.ca or any of the other Amazon sites I could think of. Bummer. The trick DOES, however, work a number of other larger sites and search engines. Instead of amazon.com, you can type in something cnn.com and hit tab and then search cnn.com. You can also use it to search via other search engines, so you can type in bing.com or yahoo.com and then tab, then your keywords, then enter, and it’ll search those search engines for those terms.
Pretty neat trick, eh?