At the beginning of the year, I’ve worked with a big organization that wanted to avoid the automatic suggestions Chrome is making in the omnibox (=the top field in Chrome, where you type searches and see the url).
Their main requirement was the need to allow employees to type a word and get the internal site that they are use to see. For example, the user will type ‘sale’ and Chrome will redirect them to the internal portal of sales. If you won’t modify Chrome it will run a google search on ‘sale’ and the results will be something like:
The good news is that with this little extension you will be able to control the redirect of the users to the right internal location. Let’s jump into code.
This is the code of our manifest file that describe the extension
Important to notice is that we setting the keyword ‘get’ in order to activate this extension. You can choose something shorter if you like. Another aspect is the “manifest_version”: 2 which making sure we are compatible with the latest spec.
This is the code of our background page
Here we will listen to the events of omnibox.onInputChanged and omnibox.onInputEntered in order to execute our logic.
Another point you might want to consider is to go to:
chrome://settings/ -> Advanced -> and then to disable these options:
- Use a web service to help resolve navigation errors
- Use a prediction service to help complete searches and URLs typed in the address bar
- Predict network actions to improve page load performance
It doesn’t matter if you are working in a startup of few people or a big organization with 2.2M employees (e.g. Walmart). In both cases, you probably have internal network and internal systems that your users will love to access with few keywords like: CRM, ERP, Sale, Marketing, QA etc’.
Happy coding & Happy Passover.