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Access Wolfram Alpha Search in Google Chrome

Do you like using Wolfram Alpha Search and crave on-demand access to it in Google Chrome? See how easy it is to enjoy that Wolfram Alpha goodness with the Chrome Alpha extension.

Chrome Alpha in Action

To get started click on the “Toolbar Button”. This is what the drop-down window will look like…enter the term that you wish to conduct a search for and hit “Enter” on your keyboard or click on “Go!”. Notice how the “Toolbar Button” looks “at rest”…


Once a search is in progress the “Toolbar Button” will change in appearance. There will be a red rectangle across the lower portion with white dots moving through it. It will return to normal when the search is finished.


For our example we conducted searches on three terms (a website, a location, & a business). Our first search was for information on “YouTube”.

Note: If a term generates no results the drop-down window will be blank.


The second search term was “Singapore”…


And the final search term was “Microsoft”. The drop-down window will retain the results for the last search conducted until a new term is entered (even if you restart your browser). Very useful and convenient if you need to refer back to that particular information for a bit during your day.



If you like using Wolfram Alpha Search and have been waiting for an easy way to access it in Chrome, then this extension will be a perfect addition to your browser.


Download the Chrome Alpha extension (Google Chrome Extensions)

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 02/18/10

Comments (5)

  1. Bjarte Aune Olsen

    An even easier way to access any type of search in Chrome, is to use the built in search tool. Go to Settings -> General -> Standard search and click “Administrate”. Select “Add”. Type in the following information:

    Name: Wolfram|Alpha
    Search word: w

    Save and exit Settings. Now all you have to do is to type w and a search word in the Chrome address bar. For example “w microsoft” to search for “microsoft” on WolframAlpha.

  2. Mike J

    Thanks for the tip, Mr. Olsen. I don’t know why Chrome/Iron makes switching search engines, or adding new ones, such a hassle–unless because it wants everybody using Google.

  3. Alec S.

    How is it a hassle? It’s very easy:
    Wrench->Options->Basics->Default Search.

  4. Mike J

    Huh.Doesnt work for me.I do that& what? A menu that is impenetrable. I have to wrangle an hour to add a new engine, & then I get only the default. In Firefox a click or two, & a drop-down menu for every search. I use Iron but it’s very bad at searches in comparison.Sorta like Opera in everything–they expect you to already know how to do it.

  5. Alec S.

    I don’t understand what the difficulty is. Either create a search engine or use one of the automatically generated ones (when you use a search box on a page, Chrome adds that form to the search engines dialog).

    Simply select the one you want to use, click Make Default.

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