Even though Google is now a huge and diverse company, it never seems to forget its roots in search. Google has been making significant improvements to the search experience across services like Google Chat, which recently added the ability to provide keyword suggestions as you type to help you narrow down your search.
Search chips have improved our ability to sort through the plethora of information in chats and emails. This feature has been available in Gmail since 2020, and the Google Chat mobile app added it last year, but the web version of the service was left out. Thankfully, Google is now releasing the long-awaited search chips to Chat on the web.
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Using the search filters, you can target specific things like the sender, dates, and particular conversations to narrow down your query. You can also sort your searches by whether a message mentions you or if a chat has links or attachments. The feature is available to all users, not just Workspace customers. This means that when you search, the search chips should appear even if you only use a personal Google account or are an older user of G Suite Basic and Business.
The chips are easy to use in Chat, and they function similarly to Gmail, Simply type your keywords into the search bar at the top and press enter. Once the unfiltered results appear, you’ll find them right below the search box. Simply click on a chip that you would like to apply to further refine the results. These steps are the same whether you are utilizing Chat’s primary web interface or Gmail to access it.
Even though Google calls these search filters, which are essentially simple to use, “chips,” they still offer significant user convenience. The new search filters in Chat should make it super-quick to find a specific message or file without having to sift through a lot of results and eliminate unnecessary information.
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