However, I do brand new searches constantly. Often 20+ a day, that often look similar to older searches, but aren't quite.
Now, whether I've developed that behavior because of Chrome, or because it works well for me, is a question for itself.
Also, since I'm here- anyone get frequent fuckups lately in the Chrome omnibar, not searching what you put in, to instead search something you HAVE searched before?
Yes, I have been encountering the same behavior. It is infuriating because it's impossible to tell when this is going to happen. This is separate from pulling up different searches I've used before, this bug seems to be something like "ignore what you type completely".
In Firefox, the hotkey "cmd-K" will put focus into the search bar at the top.
In Chrome they don't have a keybind set to this by default (though on Windows they seem to). But if you open mac System Preferences, go to Keyboard, then Keyboard Shortcuts, and add an Application Shortcut for Chrome, you set the menu item name to "Search the Web..." and the keybind to whatever you want (I used "cmd-K").
So that way regardless if I'm in Firefox or chrome, pressing cmd-K will put me in a place I can search.
you can also have different engines
i have one for ddg so
I have a new dev laptop in the mail, perhaps Firefox will get installed before chrome...
I've noticed frequently Google Instant will fail half way through searching, and it will ignore everything I typed and just go with what Instant guessed before it crapped out.
If Instant is prioritizing your previous search, it may be linked.