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I have bookmarked some sites with titles "Free mp3 song", "Free video" and so on.

When I am searching for "Free " in address bar, the bookmarked sites are shown first. How can I hide the bookmarked sites from showing in address bar?

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Aside from simply renaming them? –  Blacklight Shining Oct 7 '13 at 12:44
    
Arrange them in folder and they will not bother you anymore. –  avirk Oct 7 '13 at 15:16
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This just isn't possible. Google has stated it will never be an option. –  DanteTheEgregore Oct 7 '13 at 20:58
    
@avirk All my bookmarks are arranged in folders. it is not a solution. –  Eugine Joseph Oct 8 '13 at 5:52
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Not a real solution but Firefox has an option to stop bookmarks from being suggested when typing in the address bar. And you can import bookmarks from firefox to chrome. Most chrome apps and extensions have a counterpart for firefox. But I don't recommend migrating to another browser for something you can ignore. –  Subaru Tashiro Oct 9 '13 at 11:47

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The Problem

The Chrome devs have stated this will never be an option.

The same as the reason we don't add options for most other things. It increases UI and code complexity, testing load, and general maintenance costs. In the case of the omnibox the whole system is designed around inline autocompletion and would require a serious rework to support an off-by-default option.

Comment 1 stands. We intend to fix problems on a case-by-case basis. We don't intend to ever provide an option to disable autocompletion.


Chrome's Omnibar has an heuristic algorithm that learns from your actions, so if you repeatedly type "h" and select the third suggestion from the browser history, it will increase its ranking. Bookmarks are supposed to be the most interesting pages from your browser history, so it's obvious that you'll find them in the list of suggestions. For now, there's no option to disable the suggestions from the browser history and your bookmarks.

I'd even hazard that Google is a bit too in love with their own product

Options

You can try replacing Chrome's Omnibar with Fauxbar. Fauxbar appears to have better control of search suggestions among other things.

Is Fauxbar for me?

  • When using Chrome's Omnibox, have you ever typed in part of a page title or address you know you've been to, yet no relevant results appear?
  • Do you find the Omnibox's mix of search suggestions, website suggestions, bookmarks and history items (or lack thereof) confusing?
  • Do you like having the option to click to use a search engine, instead of typing its name to use it?
  • Are you not using Chrome because you can't stand its Omnibox?

If you answered yes, then Fauxbar is for you.

Here's a look at Fauxbar's suggestion settings:

Fauxbar Settings

A note: Fauxbar doesn't actually replace Omnibar. It replaces the new tab page in Chrome and grabs the focus from the Omnibar upon opening a new tab.

Disclaimer: I'm in no way affiliated with Fauxbar. It's just a suggestion I've found on multiple sites that could work.

As it stands, I'm surprised there aren't more Omnibar replacements out there. I imagine it would be difficult to actually replace the Omnibar physically, but options such as Fauxbar do seem like a good alternative. I'd love to know if there are any further options available.

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Although Google seems to make this impossible, I have found a solution around the problem that works for me. I have certain bookmarks that I do not want some people like my family to see if they start typing into the address bar. So I use Xmarks (bookmarks backup and access) and Torch (web browser). I keep one account for all bookmarks including private with Xmarks so that I can access my bookmarks with password anywhere from any browser and backed-up. I keep all private bookmarks out of Chrome but store them in the Torch browser for private browsing. Torch is exactly like Chrome and compatible with all extensions with the bonus of downloading videos. As long as the family doesn't use the Torch browser, they will never see my private bookmarks.

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An even simpler solution I found if you have bookmarks that you do not want showing up when you type in the Chrome address bar/omnibox is to use the "Secure Bookmarks" extension. This allows you to transfer some or all of your bookmarks to the extension, which is passworded and easily accessible when you need them. This will stop them from showing up in the address bar.

I resent that this took me hours to discover because Google refused to give us the option.

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