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In Firefox, I can use Shift+Delete to delete a single item from the URL history (the URL suggestions).

How can I delete a specific mistyped URL item (only one) from the history in Google Chrome, so it won't show up as a suggestion?

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Thus the invention of the incognito window. –  Moab Mar 8 '12 at 21:37
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It works the same way in Chrome.

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But, basically, only the items with the globe in front can be deleted.

If you're now going "Yeah, I know that, I want to remove the history items which I can remove just fine from the history by using chrome://history/, but from the address bar! " then you seem to be out of luck.

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What about the items with the clock icon? –  takeshin Mar 11 '12 at 12:21
What if it does have a file icon on it. How do I remove it? Is very annoygin dropbox.com/s/d08iomuhx5q587x/… -- Clearly * Modifier+Delete does not work on OS X 10.10. –  sorin Feb 11 at 9:58

For Chrome URL suggestions that you seem to be unable to clear with Shift+Del or in Chrome's settings, navigate to this directory:


C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default


~/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/Default



Remove the History and Web Data files. Removing only the History file seems like it works at first, but for me the URLs always come back. After removing both files, these unwanted URL suggestions have never come back for me.

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+1 for the C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default folder location, however, for me the mistyped URL suggestions are stored in: Shortcuts and Shortcuts-journal –  therobyouknow Oct 8 '12 at 11:14

+1 for @Ian's answer locating the folder - but actually removing files Shortcuts and Shortcuts-journal worked for me: all mistyped-URLs suggestions are now removed.

To investigate which files in this folder were storing the suggestions, I installed the MobaXTerm Unix-like shell tool for windows, and went to C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default and did a grep url * where I typed the actual URL in place of url suggestion e.g. grep facebook.cm * - the grep showed where Chrome was storing the suggestion - in Shortcut and Shortcut-journal

(I used MobaXterm to be able to use grep on Windows - Windows search does not find everything)

But, of course, you shouldn't need to install MobaXTerm- this was used to help my investigation to find where the incorrect URLs were stored. So...

All you need to know to delete ALL mistyped URL suggestions in Chrome on Windows 7 is:

To remove mis-typed URL suggestions in Chrome, go to: C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default and remove files Shortcuts and Shortcuts-journal

(As a footnote, I think it is bad that Chrome's clear browsing history: chrome://chrome/settings/clearBrowserData and chrome://chrome/settings/cookies do not remove mis-typed incorrect URLs as suggestions.)

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To delete a single autosuggested URL, start typing the address as you normally would—Google.com in my example. Then, when the unwanted autocomplete suggestion appears, use your keyboard's arrow keys to highlight the suggestion in the drop-down menu below the address bar.

Finally, press Shift+Delete and poof! The suggestion disappears.

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