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What setting do I need to adjust or create to make the search in Google Chrome limit itself to a pre-defined set of websites?

For example, I want to search all the Stack Exchange sites (,,, etc.) at once using the one query in the Google Chrome search bar.

How do I accomplish this?


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Based on your reputation from other sites in the network, you should be able to get to 101 reputation by unlinking your account and then linking them back up. This should give you a 100 point reputation bonus. –  firedfly Oct 13 '10 at 21:04
Unfortunately this question might well be off topic for Super User, but on topic for Web Applications. –  ChrisF Oct 13 '10 at 21:24
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is about Web browser functionality, not using a Web application. –  Al E. Jun 16 at 14:25
@AlE. IMHO this is related to web applications, because the Chrome search engine features depend on web applications. –  Rubén Jun 16 at 15:32
@Ruben: yes, but the solution is either a setting in Chrome (which is off-topic here) or it is browser-independent and the question should be re-tagged. –  Al E. Jun 16 at 15:35

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up vote 10 down vote accepted

How to do this by setting up a custom search on Google Chrome:

1. Go to

2. Do a search for +( AND AND stuff) (Add in your other favorites to this list.)

3. Search. Copy the URL from the search results. It should look something like this:


4. Now click the "wrench" icon in Chrome and go to Options > General options > Default search > Manage.

5. "Add new..." and enter name + keyword and paste in the above URL. (Ex: name:stack exchange, keyword:stacksearch)

6. Replace the word "stuff" with "%s".

7. Go to search bar and type in (keyword) + TAB. Search.

Voila! Stack Exchange custom search!

You could use: instead of the google url. –  firedfly Oct 13 '10 at 21:11
+1 holy, nice answer. You get my vote because this can be used on any set of websites. BTW, don't sign your answer we don't do that on these sites because your sig is already on the answer (ie. it's a waste of space and adds no value to the answer). –  Evan Plaice Dec 20 '11 at 20:54

The Stack Overflow blog has a good post on this topic. The easiest way seems to be going to and using the search box at the top of the page. It will search all Stack Exchange sites.

by using the search box do you mean importing that box into chrome directly, as you can do in opera by right clicking and choosing 'add search'? it doesn't seem so, in which case you haven't answered the question at all, but i'm new to this site hence can't downvote yet. –  ixtmixilix Oct 14 '10 at 1:05
When I answered the question, it was more open ended. I was answering how to search all the sites independent on the browser used. The question has since been refined to specify searching via Chrome's omnibar. –  firedfly Oct 14 '10 at 3:05
Poorly phrased question left some room for ambiguity, but yes. I was mostly posting this as an "I found a trick, would like to post this as a tip", planning to post my own answer to it. –  e.m.fields Oct 15 '10 at 16:03

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