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The browser URL autocomplete has started behaving differently starting yesterday.

I used to access my top urls by typing the first one or two letters of a URL then pressing enter. Now, I have to visually fish for the right one and push the down arrow to select the url. Big difference.

Anybody know if I can get the old functionality back somehow? Have I messed a setting?

Example of how my browser used to work:
Type G
CMD + L 
Type S

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Normally, the browser bar would already be highlighted with after typing the first g. It would narrow the matches depending on what characters were typed next, or simply go to it if I pressed enter.

UPDATE: I just realized my history tab looks suspicious. No entries

But clearly Chrome is pulling some data from my history, as I have very personalized recommendations when typing in a letter.

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What were the first entries replaced with? Could you provide a screenshot of an example maybe? Thanks – Oliver Salzburg Jul 4 '12 at 17:57
@OliverSalzburg done – Yuji Tomita Jul 4 '12 at 18:05
what version / channel are you on? Did you change anything in chrome://flags? Or chrome://settings? It's working fine here, on Stable & dev channels – Sathya Jul 4 '12 at 18:58
Have you cleared your browsing data recently? Because that will do it. – imtheman Jul 4 '12 at 20:47
@PeterMaxwell, indeed I did at some point last week. Maybe I only noticed this a few days ago, in which case I'd be supremely happy. I've yet to see anything pre-filled in the address bar. – Yuji Tomita Jul 5 '12 at 7:07
up vote 5 down vote accepted

Saved my bookmarks, removed my ~/Library/Application\ Support/Google/Default directory (careful, it looks like absolutely everything is stored here) restarted chrome, and within one visit to, my autocomplete was filling in my URLs like so:

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It seems chrome crash will cause this.

Here is what I did to solve that:

  • close chrome
  • remove -rf ~/.config/google-chrome/
  • restart chrome
  • re-login to chrome to restore things like theme,
  • now, the auto fill should be working.
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