Google Lens is a great way to search the web from your mobile. Rather than using keywords to focus on what you are looking for, a simple photo taken with your camera is enough to search for a pair of shoes or to quickly identify an unknown plant in your garden.
But the tool is even more versatile than that. It can also be used to translate signs and other text into foreign languages, solve math formulas, or simply copy large sections of printed text to avoid having to type it in by hand.
Now Google offers a goal - optimized options for Chrome on the desktop, turbo-charged searches with all new options.
New feature lets you harness the power of Google Lens and use it to search on the web a section of a website. It can be used to search for images, text, etc., as we will see shortly. But there is something to do first.
There are a few steps you need to go through before you can take advantage of the new search features that Google has added to Chrome.
First, you need to use the latest data Canary version of Chrome . Second, you will need to change a setting as the feature is not enabled by default:
- Launch Chrome Canary and navigate to chrome://flags <. li> Search Enable search by lens region
- Use drop down menu to select Enabled
- Restart Chrome
Life through a lens
With that done, you can access the new search tool by simply right-clicking on a page. In the context menu, you should see a new option Find part of page with Google Lens . This is your entry point for the search.
The next thing you will need to do is draw a frame around the part of the pagYou are currently looking to use as a basis for a search - just like using the selection tool in an image editor. You can draw around an image on the page to find other instances - or similar images - elsewhere online, or you can select text to avoid having to type. Experiment and see what works for you.
Analysis: dejà vu?
If this idea sounds familiar to you, it 's maybe because it's not a million miles away from the "Search with screenshot " option that can be found in Microsoft Edge.
What you prefer is really a matter of taste, and the differences between the two aren't really big enough to convince Edge users to switch to Chrome or vice versa.
For the At the moment, Google's implementation seems a bit unstable, but that's not all that surprising as we're looking ats the all-new Canary version of Chrome. It's hard to imagine that Google won't dramatically improve things before the wider rollout later in the year. With Lens proving to be a popular and powerful option for mobile users, it's great to see Google giving desktop users an overview, providing access to very similar tools without the need for a camera.