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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.
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.
Anyone else seeing odd blank.html pages showing up in google results path when you search in Chrome?
— Chris O’Rourke (@chrisorourke) July 3, 2012
— Andrew Walker (@Killdozer) July 3, 2012
Is it just my Google chrome that isn’t working properly or?
— Jade.(@ImafatSloth) July 3, 2012
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.