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Here's a rather odd problem I'm having. Whenever I open the dash and type into it, Chromium opens up and opens an "about:blank" tab for just about every letter I write into the dash. Why is it doing this and how do I stop it from doing this?

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Have you made any changes to your configuration lately? – carnendil May 17 '13 at 19:02
Not that I know of. It's been doing this since recently and I can't say I've made any changes to either Unity or Chromium. – Ruben Bakker May 17 '13 at 19:04
Mine was doing the same, but opening about:blank and a facebook authorisation page. I tried reauthorising a few times, but the panel goes blank after I log in, so I've just removed the accounts for the time being. – Andy E May 29 '13 at 8:01
I think that you are not mentioning the whole process. Is impossible to open a new tab on Chrome searching something in Unity bar. Try to tell us the whole scenario. – Lucio Jun 6 '13 at 20:41
Do you have gnome-shell installed? – DaimyoKirby Jun 6 '13 at 22:30
up vote 17 down vote accepted

Fixed. Quite a weird bug. I had to re-login into Google in the "Online Accounts" settings under system settings.

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Had the same issue, fixed through this. Probably needs a bug report on launchpad? – panmari May 21 '13 at 12:53
Thanks. That worked for me too. – Rob Hyndman May 25 '13 at 4:11
Did you report this bug? – Ingo Jun 13 '13 at 12:16

The workaround is to turn "Include online search results" option off.


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Welcome to Ask Ubuntu! Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. – fossfreedom Jun 9 '13 at 10:54

I believe found a fix.

If you have "Online Accounts" authorized for Ubuntu/unity system (the gear icon in the upper right -> System Settings -> Online Accounts) and there is a access issue (Shows a red gear icon and throws a warning on boot) then this bug happens.

The fix is to re-authorize your existing accounts (Perhaps it occurred because I had changed my google password, and so they became unauthorized?) which can be done from

System Settings -> Online Accounts. Correct any errors listed.

In any case, re-authorizing my Google accounts seems to have fixed the problem for me. Hope this helps.

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