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Chrome's autcomplete for searches is often very annoying and intrusive because it is op-out. It autocompletes by default and you have to push backspace to dismiss it. Google search suggestions are welcome but sometimes I just want to type what I want.

There's an option for "Use a prediction service to help complete searches and URLs typed in the address bar" but this disables suggestions also. Is there any way to disable autocomplete without losing suggestions?

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I'm presuming the question is that in the title, it is unclear from reading your question. You seem to be saying, "I want to eliminate suggestions, but at the same time I don't." –  Daи Mar 7 '13 at 20:58
    
I edited it to hopefully be more clear. –  Brian Ortiz Mar 7 '13 at 21:12
    
I don't think Google differentiates between autocomplete and suggestions with search - it's all or nothing. Are you possibly referring to autofill (completing forms)? –  Daи Mar 7 '13 at 21:18
    
Not forms, just search when you use the address bar/omnibox. –  Brian Ortiz Mar 7 '13 at 21:26
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Major bummer.... Suggestions are extremely useful but autocomplete is extremely annoying. –  jahroy Jul 5 '13 at 18:41

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  1. Go to the Chrome menu on the browser toolbar looks like this
  2. Click Settings
  3. Click Show advanced settings (on the bottom)
  4. In the Privacy section, deselect the "Use a prediction service to help complete searches and URLs typed in the address bar" checkbox

Keep in mind that the address bar shows matches from your browsing history, in addition to predictions. If you don't want to see matches from your browsing history, you must clear that as well.

Beyond that there is nothing more you can do. It is either all or nothing. You cannot modify the behavior of how you dismiss suggestions. Suggestions and autocomplete are the same service.

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