You know when you type something into the address bar, and it comes up with suggestions and sites you have visited, is there any way to delete those?


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Highlight the entry and:

  • Shift+Delete on a PC
  • Shift+FN+Delete a Mac

To disable autocomplete in general

  • open the Chrome Settings
  • Show advanced settings (at the bottom)
  • Under Privacy, uncheck
    • "Use a prediction service to help complete searches and URLs typed in the address bar."
    • use a prediction service to load pages more quickly

The completions will still appear as dropdown items and you can arrow down to select them - if you want to, but they won't be automatically applied.

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    Or if you have a mac laptop without a delete button: shift + fn + backspace.
    – Matt
    Jul 22, 2017 at 12:46
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    For those with no "function" key on their keyboard attached to a mac, it's "shirt + delete" (oddly).
    – rogerdpack
    Sep 12, 2017 at 15:22
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    Confusingly, highlighting just with the mouse cursor doesn’t work! Needs to be by keyboard. I suggested an edit to address this. Sep 4, 2018 at 13:11
  • @Matt I came here with a question that you answered: "What about the 70% of mac keyboards that don't have a freakin delete key?". Good job on Apple picking something so obnoxious :/ Thanks for the answer though -- +1!
    – SidOfc
    Sep 14, 2018 at 9:26
  • Why in hell does the mac version not show up everywhere? Took me way too long to find this solution. Mar 27, 2020 at 14:52

Chances are you have the site bookmarked

Enter the site so as it does show up in your browser history. Then go into your history, you'll probably see a star at the end of the url in the history page. Click on that and it'll remove it from bookmarks, then you can delete the site normally.

  • You can also directly click on the star in the address bar and then click Remove. Mar 11, 2017 at 11:39
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    This is what mine turned out to be. If Shift-Del doesn't work, check your bookmarks. Apr 21, 2019 at 23:56
  • This is the only method that worked for me, didn't realize that google suggests urls from bookmarks too.
    – Bohao LI
    Apr 5, 2020 at 23:58

On linux (ubuntu) with chrome: while starting typing and then having specific item highlighted as suggestion: Crtl + Shift + Delete

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    Tried on chromium 62.0.3202.89 (Official Build) Built on Ubuntu , running on Ubuntu 17.10 (64-bit), did not work Nov 21, 2017 at 9:36
  • I am on chrome Version 62.0.3202.94 (Official Build) (64-bit). Ubuntu 16.04. Nov 21, 2017 at 10:11
  • Tried it again. Definitely works. Nov 21, 2017 at 10:19
  • Not working on Google Chrome Version 78.0... (Official Build) (64-bit) on Ubuntu Mate 18.04. It may be that this kind of key combination is absorbed from a higher layer and never reach Chrome! Jan 27, 2020 at 9:11

You can do it by removing them from Chrome history:

  • presss CTRL+H or just navigate to chrome://history
  • look for the items you want to remove (you can even use the search box at the top right) and check the box next to them
  • click "Remove selected items"

Easiest solution is to hit the delete button when you see the suggestion- that will delete that particular site alone from history. If you want to delete all, clear your browsing history. Best solution would be using the browser in private mode when you don't want that for few sites alone. Permanent solution would be changing the privacy settings in your browser.

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