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How to Get Rid of Google Search Suggestions in Chrome


February 27, 2018 Tech By
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Google’s Chrome is the most popular web browser. And for those of us who are on it most of the day, every day, researching, shopping and just browsing online, we can fall victim to the occasional spelling error. A lot of times when I’m rushing to type in a URL Chrome’s address bar, I’ll mistype the URL and Google will direct me to a dead link or a website I didn’t want to visit. It’s not a big deal, but Chrome remembers — it will autofill that mistake every time I start typing the original URL. Other times, I’ll type in a phrase or a keyword in the address bar and Chrome will recommend things that I’m not remotely looking for. It’s annoying and just clutters my Search experience. These things can be really frustrating. Fortunately, both issues are simple to fix — Chrome is smart enough to remember, and it can be trained to forget.

Delete a URL auto-fill prediction in Chrome:

• Start typing the mistaken web address.
• The incorrect web address will appear in Chrome’s autocomplete suggestion area below the address bar.
• Scroll down using your keyboard’s arrow keys until the autocomplete suggestion is highlighted.
• Hold down Shift + FN + Delete on your Mac. Hold down Shift + Delete on a PC.

Boom, done. You won’t see that auto-fill prediction anymore. Another option is to turn off all auto-fill predictions in general. Here’s how.

Turn off all auto-fill Search predictions in Chrome:

• Open Chrome. Go to the Settings menu, which can be found by clicking the three vertical dots in the menu bar.
• You’ll be directed to a new tab in Chrome. Select “Advanced” at the bottom.
• In the Privacy section, deselect the “Use a prediction service to help complete searches and URLs typed in the address bar” option.

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Tucker Bowe

Tucker Bowe has been on Gear Patrol's editorial team since 2014. As a Tech Staff Writer, he tracks everything in the consumer tech space, from headphones to smartphones, wearables to home theater systems. If it lights up or makes noise, he probably covers it.

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