Thursday, 21 July 2011

How to Add Google Plus Custom Search Engines in Chrome

If you're running the Chrome Web browser, you can delve into the settings and add your own custom search engines to the browser. In this case, we added two search engines: one for searching profiles and the other for searching posts.

Here's how:

  • Click the "Wrench" menu in Chrome.
  • Click "Preferences"
  • In the "Basics" section, click "Manage Search Engines" in the "Search" section.

  1. In the first box ("Add a new search engine"), type whatever you want. I chose "Google+."
  2. In the second box ("Keyword"), type the word that you will use to call the search engine from the URL bar. In other words, keep it short and simple. I chose "profiles" for the profile search engine and "posts" for the posts search engine.
  3. In the last box ("URL with % in place of query") use the following:

  • For the Profile search engine: {google:baseURL}search?q=%s&tbs=prfl:e
  • For the Posts search engine: {google:baseURL}search? inurl:posts/* %s
To save the engines, just hit "Enter" (Return) on your keyboard.

Now you can search Google+ from Chrome's address bar. To do so, just type in the engine name you want (e.g. posts or profiles) and hit the spacebar. That will call the engine for use. You can then type in your query and press enter as you would normally when searching Google.

Finally, Google Plus search!


  1. I believe it's "Preferences" in Linux and Mac and "Options" in Windows.

  2. When I hit Enter nothing happens. Chrome does not save a new search engine.
    I'm on Windows 7, Chrome dev channel version.