Lifehacker has a list of secret powers that Chrome’s address bar possesses. If you spend time within the Chrome browser, it’s worth it to familiarize yourself with these.
The most effective for me has always been using custom search engines via keywords. I use them to search for everything from items to purchase on Amazon to baseball player stats on Baseball-Reference.
I cannot begin to fathom the amount of time that simple hack has saved me over the years.