How to Turn Off Auto-Suggest in Google Chrome

By Joshua Phillips

One of the many features that Google Chrome offers its users is a prediction service. This feature attempts to successfully predict what you're searching for when you type in a phrase or a URL in the address bar. For example, when you type the letters S, A and L into the address bar, Chrome may try to automatically fill the rest to read "" However, if you find this intrusive, you can disable the feature.

Launch Chrome if it is not already open.

Click the Chrome menu icon in the upper right corner of the screen. The icon is a picture of three horizontal bars.

Select "Settings" from the drop-down menu.

Click "Show Advanced Settings" at the bottom of the screen.

Click the box next to "Use a prediction service to help complete searches and URLs typed in the address bar" in the Privacy section to remove the check mark from the box. Your new settings are automatically saved.


If your network administrator enabled the prediction service on your behalf, you cannot disable it using the steps listed above. Contact your network administrator to ask that they disable the service.


Information in this article applies to Google Chrome version 23.0.1271.64. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions of the software.