Google Chrome users who have updated the desktop version of the web browser to the latest version may have noticed a change in how Google Chrome responds to input in the browser's address bar.
Chrome users who type characters into the address bar may notice that Google Chrome may prioritize searches over visited sites after the recent update is installed.
The screenshot below shows an example where Chrome makes Googles Search the default action when you hit the Enter-key and not one of the matching sites visited in the past.
Previous versions of the browser prioritized the first matching domain name instead so that you could load it quickly by typing the first few characters of the name and hitting the Enter-key.
The change appears to affect all search engines to a degree. While you may change the default search engine of the Chrome browser to address the issue somewhat (away from Google Search to another search provider), it won't fix the issue completely.
There is only one real option at the time to revert the change and go back to the previous status quo.
Option 1: Disabling Omnibox Google Drive Document suggestions
The prioritization change of search suggestions in Google Chrome seems to be linked to a new experimental flag in Google Chrome. If you disable the feature in Chrome -- it is enabled by default -- you will notice that Chrome returns to the previous search behavior.
Here is how that is done:
The description suggests that it adds Google Drive search options to Chrome's address bar if Google Search is the default provider and if you are signed in to a Google account. Why that is affecting the priority of results is unclear.
Option 2: change the default search provider
It seems that you cannot resolve the issue completely when you switch search providers, but it may help.
Option 3: Use the ^ character or other special characters
If you start the entry in the Chrome address bar with the ^ character and type at least three characters, results from the browsing history are returned exclusively.
You may also start with * to only return bookmark results.
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