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 How To Delete Chrome Autocomplete URL Suggestions

How To Delete Chrome Autocomplete URL Suggestions

If your friends or family sometimes use Chrome on your computer to access the internet, you may want to delete all or some of the Chrome autocomplete URL suggestions. You may visit some sites you don’t want anyone else to know you visit.

By default, Chrome suggests sites you’ve visited before as you type in the address bar. This makes it quick and easy for you to revisit the same sites. However, if someone else uses Chrome on your computer and starts typing the URL of a site they want to visit that starts the same way as a site you visited, they will see your site in the list.

Today we’ll show you how to delete individual or multiple Chrome autocomplete URL suggestions. We’ll also show you how to disable the autocomplete feature if you don’t want Chrome to remember and suggest URLs.

Delete Individual Chrome Autocomplete URLs On The Address Bar

The easiest way to delete individual autocomplete URLs is to start typing the URL for the site you want to delete in the address bar. Once the site you want to delete displays in the drop-down list, use the arrow keys to move through the list and select the URL. Then, press “Shift+Delete” (Windows) or “Shift+FN+Delete” (Mac) to delete the selected URL.

You’ll also notice some search suggestions in the list. These cannot be deleted.

Delete an individual autocomplete entry

Delete Individual Or Multiple Chrome Autocomplete URLs In The Settings

If you want to delete multiple Chrome autocomplete URLs at once, click the menu button (three vertical dots) in the upper-right corner of the Chrome window. Then, go to “History” > “History“. You can also press “Ctrl+H“.

Select History

Your browsing history displays on a new tab. To delete a URL in this list, check the box to the left of the website URL. Select as many URLs as you want to delete.

Then, click “Remove selected items“.

Click Remove selected items

Click “Remove” on the “Remove selected items” confirmation dialog box that displays.

Remove selected items confirmation dialog box

Delete All Chrome Autocomplete URLs

There’s an easy way to completely clear the Chrome autocomplete URL suggestions. Make sure the “History” screen is open and click “Clear browsing data“.

Click Clear browsing data

To clear all the Chrome autocomplete URL suggestions, or browsing history, select “the beginning of time” from the “Obliterate the following items from” drop-down list.

Select the time to obliterate items from

Make sure the “Browsing history” box is checked. Select any other browsing data you want to clear. Then, click “Clear browsing data“. The dialog box automatically closes when the clearing process is done.

Click Clear browsing data on dialog box

Disable the Chrome Autocomplete Feature

If you don’t want Chrome to suggest URLs as you type in the address bar, you can turn off the Chrome autocomplete feature.

Click the menu button (three vertical dots) in the upper-right corner of the Chrome window. Then, select “Settings“.

Select Settings in Chrome

Scroll down to the bottom of the “Settings” tab and click the “Show advanced settings” link.

Click Show advanced settings link

Uncheck the “Use a prediction service to help complete searches and URLs typed in the address bar” box and the “Use a prediction service to load pages more quickly” box.

Disable both Use a prediction service options

Now, when you start typing a URL in the address bar, you will not see any autocomplete suggestions.

No suggestions made in Chrome address bar

You can also browse privately in Chrome on Windows, Mac, or iOS devices, and on Android devices. Private browsing prevents any browsing history from being saved. However, sites you visit will still be suggested if the “Use a prediction serviceā€¦” options are on.

Do you use the prediction service options? Do you find the autocomplete feature useful? Let us know in the comments.

Lori Kaufman

Lori Kaufman

Freelance technical writer living in the Sacramento, CA area. A gadget and tech geek who loves to write how-to articles about a wide range of topics. Loves watching and reading mysteries, cross stitching, attending musical theatre, and is an avid Doctor Who fan.
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3 thoughts on “How To Delete Chrome Autocomplete URL Suggestions

SnowFrontsays:

Shift+Delete DOES NOT WORK.
Deleting everything from history is not a good option.

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Chris Collinssays:

SnowFront yeah, basically this coded in a really stupid manner and the settings are worded badly, thi si what happens.

The option called “Use a prediction service to help complete searches and URLs typed in the address bar” Basically actually means to populate the autocomplete database, so when its enabled it adds new entries, when its disabled to stop adding new entries, meaning if the database already is populated and you disable it, then it actually will NOT prevent those existing entries from autocompleting or been suggested.

This is why the person that wrote this guide suggested to also wipe the history. As that will wipe also the autocomplete database for historicla based suggestions, I dont know if it also wipes bookmarked suggestions tho, if it doesnt I assume bookmarks have to be wiped and then readded with the option disabled, its a complete joke, they need to either auto wipe it when the option is disabled or add an option to wipe the suggestion/autocomplete database specifically without wiping bookmarks/history. Chrome developers make some really odd decisions at times.

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DolphinPalesays:

Yeah, the Shift+Delete no longer works…

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