There are many ways to make good use of the Chrome omnibox. Other than using it as a search engine, we have shown you how you can quickly create a QR code, do an advanced image search, and even perform a quick calculation. If you are using Google Calendar, you can now easily add new calendar events directly from the Chrome omnibox.
To achieve this, all we need to do is to add the Google Calendar Quick Add URL as a custom search engine in Chrome.
1. In Google Chrome, go to its Settings page and click the “Manage Search Engines” button.
2. At the “Other Search Engines” section, add a new search engine with the following info:
- “Add a new search engine” field: Add Calendar Event
- “keyword” field: cal
- “URL with %s in place of query” field: http://www.google.com/calendar/event?ctext=+%s+&action=TEMPLATE&pprop=HowCreated%3AQUICKADD
Click “Done” and exit the Settings page.
3. Now in the Chrome omnibox, type “cal” and press “Tab” (this will activate the newly added “Add Calendar Event” search). Type in the event detail, for example, “Lunch with wife tomorrow 12pm.” Lastly, press “Enter.”
This will bring you to the Google Calendar page with the event added. All you have to do is verify the detail and click “Save.” It will add to your primary calendar by default, but you can change it before you click “Save.”
That’s it. Enjoy!