Quickly search your SharePoint content from Google Chrome

This is an old trick I've been using lately so I thought I would share. If you are a Google Chrome user and happen to also use SharePoint in your organization, you can easily search your SharePoint environment from the Chrome address bar. This is a great shortcut to quickly finding content within your SharePoint environment.

To set this up, you will first need to do a normal search in your SharePoint environment.

  1. Execute a search in SharePoint using a simple keyword, e.g. "workflow". You should be taken to your search results page. Now look at the URL of your page. It should look something like this http://yourcompany.com/something/Results.aspx?k=workflow.
  2. Now copy that URL to your clipboard.
  3. Right-click directly in the address bar in Chrome and select Edit Search Engines.
  4. At the bottom of the window, add a new entry. Give it a name that makes sense. It my example I use the term "SharePoint" with the keyword "sp". Paste the URL you copied earlier into the URL box. Replace your keyword (e.g. workflow) with %s.

Save everything and you should be good to go. Now go to your Chrome address bar and type in your keyword (e.g. "sp") and hit "Enter".

The address bar should change to show you are searching SharePoint. Enter any search keywords and your SharePoint search page should load with your results!

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