How to erase specific Autosuggested URLs from Chrome, Firefox, IE, and Opera

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Martin Wilson

Aug 01, 2022

It's fairly uncommon to enter in a URL and have the suggestions for the URLs you might be looking for show something completely different, sometimes terrifying. Your ideas may be plagued by a recurrence of erroneous data from a prior search or by an error you committed unintentionally.

It's possible to get around this problem if you're using Chrome, Firefox, or Internet Explorer. Any suggestions that you don't want to see can be removed from these browsers.

Bad news for Microsoft Edge users: you'll have to deal with those horror suggestions for the foreseeable future, as the browser itself does not have a remedy to this problem, which appears to be a fundamental one of the browser itself.

Chrome

Begin typing the URL you want to remove—Google in my example—and then press Enter. Using the arrow keys on your keyboard, select the unwanted autocomplete option from the drop-down box below the address bar.

Press Shift-Delete to complete the process. The idea has vanished. Until next year, Merry Christmas, Santa!

Firefox

With a single click, Firefox URLs can be removed.

To remove autocomplete suggestions in Firefox, follow the same steps as in Chrome. Once you've entered the URL correctly, click the drop-down option to reveal the incorrect URL. We could have done this on Chrome,we can simply press the Delete button.

Deleted highlighted text stays in the address bar in Firefox's newer versions, but you can remove it by selecting it, pressing backspace, then deleting.

It's also possible for Mozilla Firefox users to get rid of auto-suggested URLs in a couple of different methods. Similar to Google's Chrome browser, Mozilla developers have simplified this process while also adding a tool to remove all information from a single website. Mozilla Firefox 5.0

The Internet Explorer

A single mouse click in Internet Explorer also enables you to scrub individual URLs.

Microsoft Edge's autocomplete cleaning does not work, however Internet Explorer's scrubbing works. You'll see a 'x' on the far right side of the drop-down menu when you select an address. It's gone as soon as you click the "x."

Even if the terrible suggestion is no longer in the drop-down menu, it is still visible in the address bar in Internet Explorer and Firefox.

Opera

its deleting URLs from the history pane is very similar to that of IE.

The way URLs are deleted in Opera is fairly similar to the way they are deleted in Internet Explorer. When you've found the URL you want, click the 'x' in the far right corner of your address bar. This will remove the URL from your browser.

This strategy only works in Opera for previously visited websites. You won't get suggestions based on your saved preferences or results from the search engine of your choice. The suggestion stay in the address bar and you can erase it from the down in other browsers, but a fast backspace and highlight will remove it from the drop-down list.

Internet Explorer

If you're still using Internet Explorer and want to get rid of specific auto-suggested URLs from the address bar, follow this brief tutorial. For Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, the approach is similar, but there are additional choices to limit or deactivate auto-suggest completely from Internet Explorer. Most of you should already have Internet Explorer 11 installed on your computers for this presentation.

  • Switch to the Microsoft Internet Explorer window
  • Start typing the URL you want to erase in the address bar.
  • To get rid of a URL, use the arrow keys on your keyboard.
  • In order to delete the URL that you've selected, press the delete key on your keyboard.
  • Optional: To remove a link, click the "x" button next to it with your mouse pointer.

As an alternative, there is an option to customise when auto-suggest kicks in as well as the ability to fully disable this function. To have access to these choices, simply complete these steps:

Internet Explorer's suggested URLs can be removed.

Click the gear icon in Internet Explorer's upper-right corner to learn more about your browser's settings. Internet Options" can be selected from the drop-down menu.

Select the "Content" tab in the Internet Options box that displays.

To enable Auto-Complete, go to the "Settings" menu and select it.

This will bring up a window where you may choose whether or not to use auto-complete going forward, as well as how and where it will appear.


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