As you may have noticed - this UI is lackluster at best. An oversimplified search field in the header is the only means of filtering items.
I know using browser extensions or tagging favorites can alleviate some of these issues. This is great, but why not simplify everything by having these features inside the history view? If an extension can add these features, why not have those extras built-in?
A little goes a long way. With just two small changes, we can drastically increase the history view’s UX.
We start by adding a date picker. Users open the new calendar icon to filter by days, months or years before searching. Seems trivial, but this saves the headache of filtering through all saved history.
The second small functional change we can make is including extra subcategories. These new options allow users to focus their searches based on:
Allow users to display their history filtered by session duration. This helps when searching for an stagnant page or pinned site during a user’s long session. An example default would allow filtering by:
When users make repeat visits to a site or web app, the browser should keep a record of return sessions. This allows the user to refine their search by many or singular visits.
A basic concept, but the ability for users to view all previous instances of restored tabs is helpful. This would fix most edge cases not covered by the other two categories.
The Chrome (or any browser for that matter) browser history view is simplistic to a fault. The current UI is prone to human error, since it makes assumptions and relies heavily on user memory.
These are simple fixes that attempt to boost the basic UX of the history view. Are these concepts absolutely perfect? Not at all. Is it at least an improvement? I believe it is. When products decrease the effort required of it’s users, I see that as a positive.
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