Ok... so this is embarrassing.

I typed in "boobs" on EncyclopediaDramatica's search because, well, it's a really funny page.

But now I've got a problem... EVERY TIME I click a search field in Chrome now, it shows "boobs" as the first suggestion in the drop down!

This is not really socially acceptable as this laptop goes with me everywhere and Chrome is my primary browser.

Is there a way I can isolate and remove just that one entry?

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    BTW, Chrome has incognito mode for these kinds of searches... :-P – opyate Apr 27 '12 at 11:19
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    Kayle, I bet when you wrote this you didnt think you would show up as the first result when googling "chrome delete autocomplete". Congratulations on forever being the boob autocomplete guy! – Jeff Mar 5 '13 at 15:23
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    @Jeff This brought me to tears. You can delete auto-complete but you can never stop being the boob auto-complete guy. – George Reith Apr 5 '14 at 12:08
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    Hah! I really don't mind. I meant to be humorous when I pushed this. I had no idea it would become such a popular question though! – Garrett Apr 5 '14 at 17:38
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    This has been marked as duplicate but the original is not linked. @heavyd please provide this link, as I cannot post the correct answer to this question – William Entriken Jul 28 '15 at 16:07

Linux and Windows

  • Highlight the item in the dropdown list (using the arrow keys, or your mouse cursor).
  • Press delete on your keyboard.

Note that you may have to press shift+delete in some cases, like if the autocomplete is in the address bar (URL) field.


  1. Start typing so that the unwanted autocomplete URL comes up.

  2. The macOS keyboard shortcut uses Forward Delete:

    • Shift+Delete ⌦
  3. On keyboards without a dedicated Forward Delete key, use Fn + "backspace" to type the needed ⌦. The label on your keyboard may vary:

    • Shift+Fn+delete
    • Shift+Fn+backspace
    • Shift+Fn+

If it still doesn't work:

  1. Close the page and reload it; it should now be removed from autocomplete;

  2. Check if the unwanted URL is in your bookmarks; once removed from bookmarks, it will disappear from autocomplete.

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    Please don't confuse delete and backspace. No keyboard I know contains both fn and delete. fn-backspace means delete. – rjmunro Jul 4 '12 at 10:52
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    @rjmunro You're dating yourself - MacBook Pros have both the "delete" key and the "fn" key. – D Mac Dec 26 '12 at 22:12
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    @DMac Macbook pros do not have a delete key. They have a backspace key, but in the US version only, the word "delete" is written on it. It still works as a backspace key, and you still have to use the fn key to get it to work as a delete key. – rjmunro Dec 31 '12 at 0:22
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    I am trying Fn+Shift+Delete on a US MBP and it does nothing to the suggested item. I tried removing it from the full history after searching for it, but it is still there (ie., if I search again it still shows up in the search results). – haridsv Feb 19 '13 at 6:27
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    This doesn't work anymore. – Jason Jan 15 '15 at 22:30

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