Removing Autocomplete in the Address Bar on Chrome

By Allen Bethea

Like a friend who constantly offers unsolicited advice, Google Chrome's autocomplete feature can be right at times, but usually annoying, embarrassing or flat-out wrong. Because Chrome knows a little about you and your Web browsing history, it tries to help you get where you need to go by completing URLs in its address bar as you type. Though you can't completely turn off the autcomplete function, you can configure Chrome to temporarily remove distracting, irritating suggestions from your browsing history.

Step 1

Launch Chrome, then click or tap the "Settings" button.

Step 2

Scroll down the Settings page, then click or tap "Show advanced settings."

Step 3

De-select the checkbox labeled "Use a prediction service to help complete searches and URLs typed in the address bar." This will stop Chrome from future attempts at guessing the URL for sites you have not yet visited. Chrome will, however, still offer suggestions based upon sites you've visited in the past.

Step 4

Click or tap the "History" link on the current Settings page, then click or tap the "Clear browsing data" button.

Step 5

De-select all checkboxes except for those labeled "Clear browsing history" and "Empty the cache."

Step 6

Click or tap the drop-down list labeled “Obliterate the following items from:” and select "the beginning of time." This will clear Chrome's record of all the website URLs you have visited. Chrome won't offer any suggestions at all, since your browsing history has been wiped clean. All your passwords, cookies, plugin data, form Auto-fill information and download history, however, will be retained.

Click or tap the "Clear browsing data" button to clean your browser history. The autocompletion feature will gradually return, however, as Chrome rebuilds its record of the URLs you type into the address bar.

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