Microsoft Edge wants to add a second search bar, similar to Firefox | Laptop News

Microsoft Edge is testing a new feature that enables a second search bar next to the address bar, similar to what users have seen with Mozilla Firefox. This new search bar popped up in my Microsoft Edge Canary after a new update, but I do not see it on my other devices, which means the feature is being A/B tested.

This new search bar isn’t for typing URLs but is specifically designed for searching on engines like Google, Bing, or DuckDuckGo. When you enter something into this search bar, it offers suggestions that you can click to open a new tab without showing URLs. It’s purely a tool for searching.

So, why add a second search bar? There are several reasons, and Edge seems to be taking a cue from Firefox, which already has this feature. One major benefit is having live search suggestions in the search bar while keeping your browsing and URL typing separate. This means:

  • You can enable search suggestions without having your URL entries sent to the search engine.
  • If you’re concerned about privacy when typing in the address bar, having a dedicated search bar can keep those queries separate.
  • It’s also handy for comparing search results across different engines without losing your initial search term to a URL conversion.
Microsoft Edge second search bar | Image Courtesy: WindowsLatest.com

You’ll be able to change the search engine for the second search bar, and that could be particularly useful.

For example, if you’re planning a vacation and need to look for suggestions across different platforms like TripAdvisor for reviews, Expedia for travel packages, and Instagram for real photos.

Closer look at second search bar in Microsoft Edge

With a single search bar, you’d type your query into TripAdvisor, and then, to continue…

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