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For example: If I type reddit.com, it autofills it to reddit.com/r/fffffffuuuuuuuuuuu I wanted to go to reddit.com, not F7U12 any way to turn this off?

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But Chrome's auto-fill isn't supposed to be annoying :-P –  Patches Aug 7 '11 at 1:03

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According to this bug report, google will never allow this to be turned off. At all. The hate is palpable.

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The reason that’s happening is because you visited that page enough times to convince Chrome that you frequent it (at least more than other reddit pages), and so when you type the beginning of the URL, it automatically fills in the rest, assuming that you want to go there again.

You can always just ignore what it fills and continue typing the rest of the URL or press Delete.

Another option is to open your History, click *Edit items…, select the URL in question (perhaps more than one instance), then click Remove selected items. This way, it is removed from your history and so Chrome won’t make assumptions.

(The history-editing function is still not that great in Chrome, so it may be easier if you use a history-enhancing extension like History 2, History2, or Recent History.)

Failing that, you can resort to some hacking. You can use an SQLITE3 tool/editor/browser/manager to edit the history files Archived History and History to remove the URL. This method is not pleasant, but technically, you don’t have to do it correctly, you can simply edit the URL to be something else, and that will still have the desired effect.

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Unfortunately, there's no way to turn off autocompletion in Chrome's omnibar.

Theoretically, if you just type reddit.com and press Enter (erasing any additional autocompletion), it should start autocompleting to that. In practice, however, you might have to clear your history to make it go away.

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Updated as of July 2012:

  1. Click the "wrench" icon
  2. Choose Settings
  3. On the very bottom, click Show advanced settings...
  4. Find the Privacy section
  5. Uncheck the option "Use a prediction service to help complete searches and URLs typed in the address bar"
  6. The setting is automatically saved. It is safe to close the settings tab now.
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That's not what the question is talking about. The "prediction service" setting does not disable inline autocomplete because items from the history or bookmarks still get pooled into the suggestions. The annoying part of it is that you have to either delete the inline suggestion or continue typing. What's worse is that you can't always delete the autocompletion. Try typing weather/ in the omnibox for example. Now everytime you want to search for weather in google, you get a 404 error instead because Chrome thinks weather/ is a URL until you clear the history. –  Adam Feb 21 '13 at 3:15
    
NOTE: the specific example of a weather/ typo only really works if you have an ISP who is catching 404 errors and you haven't disabled it through whatever ISP preferences you have to opt out of, in which case the mistyped URL registers as a valid one and your ISP wins the marketing annoyance campaign. –  Adam Feb 21 '13 at 4:21

This has long since been an annoyance for me, and just recently figured out a slight workaround. The problem resides in using google as a search engine, changing this fixes the problem OR using an alternate google search url:

https://www.google.com/#q=%s - This disables autocompletion while still using google as a search engine. You must clear search history before using this, otherwise it will still autocomplete to old searches.

Using 'https://www.google.com/search?q=%s' will still autocomplete.

Only downside to this, it does disable suggestions, which are helpful sometimes. It is, however, a simple fix to a huge annoyance.

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Click on the spanner icon, go to Options, then under "Under the Bonnet" and uncheck:

Use a prediction service to help complete searches and URLs typed in the address bar

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This only prevents Chrome from getting "suggestions" from Google servers. It does not disable autocomplete. –  Patches Aug 7 '11 at 1:06
  1. Click the "Wrench" Icon
  2. Choose Options
  3. Choose "Under the Hood"
  4. Uncheck "Use a prediction service to help complete searches and URLs typed in the address bar"
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This only prevents Chrome from getting "suggestions" from Google servers. It does not disable autocomplete. –  Patches Aug 7 '11 at 1:06

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