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For those of you who are unaware, unchecking "Use a prediction service to help complete searches and urls typed in the address bar" in Settings DOES NOT WORK. Unchecking any of these options will not solve it. Clearing any sort of history or cache will not solve it.

Type "asdfghjkl" in the omnibox and press Enter. Then open a new tab and start typing it again; Chrome will automatically fill in the rest of the letters for you.

What physically possible way is there to stop this absurd behavior? Do I need to develop my own browser plugin for this basic anti-feature?

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  • I think you can achieve this by turning of prediction service in the omnibox. To do this, go into Chrome's settings. Scroll to the bottom and click advanced settings, then under the privacy section uncheck `Use a prediction service to help complete searches and URLs typed in the address bar." You'll also have to clear your browsing history before or after doing this. – DrZoo Feb 16 '17 at 17:13
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    @DrZoo, did you even read past the title? OP states that those things aren't working for him. – user565955 Feb 16 '17 at 17:19
  • I'm not sure if Omnibox sync history also affects this? If you are signed into Chrome on your devices and have sync enabled, I would try unsyncing omnibox. You would first want to turn off sync by going to Chrome Settings > People > Advanced sync settings > uncheck Omnibox History. I would then delete the browsing history again, and try unchecking the same option from before. If that doesn't work, I'm out of options. – DrZoo Feb 16 '17 at 17:36
  • @SiXandSeven8ths I wasn't done yet. – DrZoo Feb 16 '17 at 17:38
  • It shouldn't require you to delete history to do this. – Zuoanqh May 27 '18 at 15:09
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yes actually you do have to clear history. go to history advanced settings and clear autofill data. you welcome

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  • No, that does not work, and I don't think you understood the question. The question is how to stop Chrome from doing any kind of search at all. If I put foo.bar/bla into the address bar, I want Chrome to initiate a connection to foo.bar. I don't want it to search anything at all. I think that's what the OP is asking too. – Duncan May 14 '19 at 19:06

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