Older versions of Google Chrome use a dummy/fake search box on a new tab page. So, when you type in the keywords on the search box, it displays only the results from the browser history of Google Chrome. It does not show any actual search results from the Google search engine.
To get the real search results from the Google search engine on the new tab page search box on the older versions of Google Chrome, you have to do the following:
- Run the Google Chrome web browser app.
- Navigate to chrome://flags from the address bar.
- Enable the Real search box in New Tab Page experimental flag.
- Restart the Google Chrome for the changes to take effect.
Once the Real search box in New Tab Page experimental flag is enabled on Google Chrome, as you start typing in the keywords in the new tab page search box, you would see the real search results from the Google search engine as marked in the following screenshot.
At the time of this writing, the Real search box in New Tab Page feature is not experimental anymore on Google Chrome. It is enabled by default. You don’t have to go through the hassle of enabling it from the chrome://flags settings of Google Chrome.
If, for any reason, you’re using a very old version of Google Chrome and the real Google search box feature is very important to you, we recommend that you update the Google Chrome to the latest version to get the best experience with real Google search box on the new tab page of Google Chrome.