The latest Google Chrome browser released in September 2018 has a nifty feature called Google Smarts. It makes the omnibox even smarter, the announcement describes it as:

Smart answers directly in your search bar

You know the box at the top of Chrome that combines the search bar and address bar into one? We call it the Omnibox, and we built it so that you can get to your search results as fast as possible. Today, we’re making it even more convenient to use. It will now show you answers directly in the address bar without having to open a new tab—from rich results on public figures or sporting events, to instant answers like the local weather via weather.com or a translation of a foreign word.

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Disable that Google Smarts feature

This Google Smarts feature is turned on by default. But how does one turn it off? Not everyone wants to use Google Smarts. For people that want to disable Google Smarts, for whatever reason, here is how:

  1. Go to your Google Chrome browser settings (chrome://settings/)
  2. Click on “Use Sync and Google services” (chrome://settings/syncSetup)
  3. Toggle off the item “Use sync and all services”
  4. Scroll down to section labeled “Other Google services”
  5. Toggle off the item “Autocomplete searches and URLs”

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Commentary about Google Smarts

What is the deal with Google Smarts? There’s not much published about it at this moment in time (September 14, 2018, 12:25pm PDT). If a Google search doesn’t return results with more details, that almost means there is no info about it. Can you say non-transparency? Hmmm..

I have more to say about this thing called Google Smarts, even though I’m not one to be so uptight about privacy and such. For those that want to read more about my thoughts, I’ll post that at my personal blog djchuang.com soon.

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