Windows 11 25247 lets you use Suggested Actions with Chrome, here’s how to turn it on

Windows 11 build 25247 contains a new feature that allows you to search the web using selected text. In a typical Microsoft move, the updated Suggested Actions feature only works in Edge and Bing, even if you set a different default browser or search engine. However, there is some hope for a more convenient version of the new feature. As @PhantomofEarth discovered , Microsoft is experimenting with additional suggested actions that allow cross-browser searches.

The Suggested Actions feature is only available to some insiders in the US after Microsoft starts rolling it out and tracking feedback. However, you can try to force-enable it along with additional options that change how the feature works and behaves. As usual, you need the ViveTool app to mess around with the innards of Windows 11.

Warning . Undeclared functions are often raw, unstable, or nearly unusable. Back up your important data before enabling hidden options with the ViveTool app. Keep in mind that stable builds of Windows 11 are the best way to ensure that your system remains as bug-free as possible.

How to open suggested actions in Chrome on Windows 11 build 25247

  1. Download ViveTool from GitHub and put the files in a convenient and easily accessible folder.
  2. Press Win + X and select Terminal (Admin) .
  3. Switch your Windows terminal to the command line profile by pressing Ctrl + Shift + 2 or by clicking the down arrow button at the top of the window.
    Windows Terminal app showing how to switch from PowerShell to command line profile
  4. Navigate to the folder containing the extracted ViveTool files using the CD command. For example, if you copied ViveTool to C:\Vive, enter CD C:\Vive .
  5. Type vivetool /enable/id:41539325/variant:1 and press Enter . If you want to use the new “Suggested Actions” feature like Microsoft wants, type vivetool /enable/id:41539325 .
  6. Restart your computer.

You can also try other modifications of Suggested Actions. Option 2 replaces “web search” with “copied text search” while still being searchable in Chrome. Option: 3 works like a released config, while option: 4 shows a “search for copied text” button with no option to choose which browser to open.

Microsoft says the new features on the Dev channel are not final, meaning you can expect changes and improvements in future releases as the company figures out what to ship to the general public. Finally, you can simply disable the “Suggested Actions” feature with the vivetool /disable/id:41539325 command .

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