I've got a URL in Chrome "local.mysite.com" that autopopulates when I start typing "local.my" into the URL bar.

Note that this URL DOES NOT EXIST in my browser history (at chrome://history/#e=1&p=0) because it isn't a real site and therefore couldn't ever be successfully visited and therefore never shows up in my history.

The URL I want is "local.mysite.com/subdir/". That URL is 3 down in the suggested results because I keep accidentally hitting "enter" when it auto-suggests the unwanted first URL thus reinforcing its assumption that that is the one I want.

How do I get rid of the "local.mysite.com" entry in Chrome's memory?


4 Answers 4


Follow the steps below to remove individual items from the address bar's remembered URLs:

  1. Type local.mysite.com
  2. Use the keys to move focus to the item you wish to delete
  3. Press the relevant keys depending on which OS you are using:

Windows and Linux:

  • Press Shift + Del


  • Press Shift + Del (when the keyboard has a dedicated Del key)
  • Press Fn + Shift + Backspace (otherwise)

info Note: this will only work for items that have the paper icon (Paper icon) next to them.

In older versions of Chrome this is a globe icon (Globe icon) instead.

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    Note: In newer versions the icon got replaced by a "paper" icon.
    – Kimmax
    Oct 21, 2015 at 20:44
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    If the there is a 'star' icon, type 'chrome://bookmarks' then search and delete
    – 张 源
    Oct 25, 2015 at 12:09
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    Thanks a lot for pointing out Shift+Fn+Delete on MacBook Mar 1, 2017 at 6:01
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    Figured it out: I also had the site bookmarked. Delete the bookmark, autocomplete stopped. Dec 10, 2018 at 17:22
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    in my case, it works with fn + ctrl + shift +delete on macbook pro
    – Ali
    Jan 24, 2019 at 20:03

Another option is to browse the history tab of Chrome (chrome://history) and click the menu next to the URL you want to delete.

Below is a screenshot - sorry it is in German, but you should get the idea. In the German menu it is the second option (Aus Verlauf entfernen).


  • 2
    What if you want to delete all "MacRumors" entries?
    – OmarOthman
    Dec 25, 2014 at 20:38
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    @OmarOthman Newer version now have a checkbox next to each entry. The steps would be 1) search the history for the items you want to delete. 2) Click the check box of the first item you'd like to remove. 3) Then check the last item you'd like to remove while holding down the SHIFT key. 4) Use the (also new) button at the top of the list to delete all of the select items.
    – krowe
    Jul 23, 2015 at 22:29
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    Deleting it from the history will not always mean it's deleted from the autocomplete auf the omnibar.
    – CodeBrauer
    Jul 27, 2016 at 16:15

In Chrome v86 (maybe earlier too) on my MacOS when I type in the URL bar and move the mouse cursor over a suggestion, an X button appears with the tooltip "Remove suggestion". After clicking this X, the chosen suggestion no longer appears.

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    This only works for entries which are populated from history. May 23, 2021 at 19:59

A recent version of Chrome changed how to remove entries from the auto-complete list: you should now use the X button on the (far) right of the URL, in the auto-completion list.
That button will only appear for the first suggestion, but will also appear for other suggestions if you hover over them.

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    This only works for entries which are populated from history. May 23, 2021 at 19:59

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