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Is your Chrome broken? Here’s a solution

Chrome is the world’s most popular browser, so when something goes wrong the web’s bound to kick up a bit of a fuss.

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On Tuesday, users around the world started having issues with one of Chrome’s standout features. When typing their search queries into their address a number of users were directed to a blanks page.

Google is reportedly working on the problem. If you’re still stuck though, there is a quick fix, courtesy of Brian Glasshouse, via The Next Web:

Problem: When submitting a search with in the address bar (Omnibox) in Chrome, you are automatically redirected to a blank page and no results are displayed.

Solution: Click the wrench icon and navigate to “Settings.” Under the Search section, click “Manage Search Engines” and do the following:

1. Create an alternative Google search option from Other Search Engines (call it Google2 or something), but in the URL section type “https://www.google.com/search?q=%s”
2. Make the new Google option the default option, ensuring that the old identifier still exists.
3. Use this option until Google fixes the issue (we will update you when it does), it will restore all the functionality of the Omnibox and other features that the temporary solution doesn’t provide.

And presto! Everything should be working fine, and you don’t even need to restart the browser.

  • http://www.facebook.com/leon.vanderlinde.14 Leon van der Linde

    The worst browser on the market. Tried Chrome for 10 minutes. Deleted it from my life. Went back to Mozilla. Much more user friendly and million times easier to use.

  • Anonymous

    … Chrome is the world’s most popular browser? What is this statement based on? According to all statistics ever it’s absolutely not… Don’t you just mean you like it best personally? Don’t project your feelings on the populace.