How to get a less distracting Bing and better Chrome tab

Bing search box on new tab Google Chrome

I like to use Google Chrome when writing, because there are some tool like the Google Dictionary, Buffer, Twitter for Chrome, Addthis, and various other extension that just make my work a lot easier without having to switch apps. But there are other things that irritates me about Chrome, one of them is when opening a new tab, whatever I start typing will move to the address bar.

Now Bing is a good, still growing, search engine, the homepage looks great, I’m always looking forward to the image of the day, but when they show a clip instead of image it can get a little distracting. Also the trending searches that appear at the bottom of the page adds even more distraction to the point when sometimes I click in one these searches and I end up doing something totally different of what I was supposed to do. (Perhaps the site is specifically designed to do just that.)

But now there is a solution that kills two birds with one store. In Google Chrome you can go to chrome://settings and change the search engine to Bing. This will cause new tabs to switch the Google search box to Bing, typing a new search query will not move what you’re typing to the omnibox, and this solution also removes Bing’s pictures of the day and trending searches from the equation. Also you frequently pinned sites will still present and you’ll get Bing’s search predictions as you type.

Hopefully this little tip will help you being a bit more productive while searching the web by removing some distraction.

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows expert and the Editor-in-Chief who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He is also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 12 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows, software, and related technologies, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and About.me.