Add a Website’s search engine to Chrome as a Custom Search Engine

Google Chrome offers customized search, that you can add to your website. The company’s custom search engine allows web developers to build a tailored search experience using the core Google search technology, and it allows users to limit search results based on settings that you specify.

Custom search engines has undoubtedly become one of the coolest features of any modern browser. With just a few keystrokes, you can search a website of your choice (eg. right from your address bar and carry out a custom Google search for the site’s articles. Here’s how to go about in Windows!

Add favorite Website to Chrome Custom Search Engine

Assuming, you are using the Chrome browser, visit the website for which you’d like to set up a search shortcut and find the site’s internal search box. For instance, here, I am using The Windows Club. The steps remain same for most sites with internal search boxes.


Next, right-click inside the site’s internal search box and select Add As Search Engine from the context menu. In our case, you will see it at top in right sidebar.

In seconds, a new window should show up in the middle of the screen requesting you to configure the new custom search engine. For most sites, you should leave the URL field alone, but you can change the Name and Keyword fields.

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Name: This is the name of your custom Chrome search engine. This will come up in the address bar every time you initiate your site-specific custom search and will help you identify the desired site if you have multiple custom search engines added. Give it a suitable name, like I have – The Windows Club. It is always advisable sticking with the name of the site you’re setting up with a custom search.

Keyword: Another important field. Here’s what you type in the Chrome address bar to let the browser know that you’re about to initiate a custom, site-specific search. Keep it short in my case – TWC 2, so that you bypass the requirement of typing out a site’s full name to trigger a search.

When done, press OK to save your new site-specific custom search engine.

Now, just visit the Chrome address bar to test your custom search engine out. Start by first typing the keyword you chose earlier, followed by the Tab key on your keyboard. You should find the cursor jumping to the right, and a new blue box appears that displays the name of the site you configured previously.

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Rather than regular Google results, the site you set up will open its own internal search page and display any matching results from your query.

Cool, isn’t it?

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The author Hemant Saxena is a post-graduate in bio-technology and has an immense interest in following Windows, Office and other technology developments. Quiet by nature, he is an avid Lacrosse player. Creating a System Restore Point first before installing a new software, and being careful about any third-party offers while installing freeware is recommended.

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