Chrome's autocomplete for searches is often very annoying and intrusive because it is opt-out. It autocompletes by default and you have to press Backspace to dismiss it. Google search suggestions are welcome but sometimes I just want to type what I want.

There's an option for "Use a prediction service to help complete searches and URLs typed in the address bar" but this disables suggestions also. Is there any way to disable autocomplete without losing suggestions?

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    I'm presuming the question is that in the title, it is unclear from reading your question. You seem to be saying, "I want to eliminate suggestions, but at the same time I don't." – Dan Mar 7 '13 at 20:58
  • I edited it to hopefully be more clear. – Brian Ortiz Mar 7 '13 at 21:12
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    I don't think Google differentiates between autocomplete and suggestions with search - it's all or nothing. Are you possibly referring to autofill (completing forms)? – Dan Mar 7 '13 at 21:18
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    I even checked about:flags and there was nothing that lets you control one without affecting enabling/disabling the other – Dan Mar 7 '13 at 21:36
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    Major bummer.... Suggestions are extremely useful but autocomplete is extremely annoying. – jahroy Jul 5 '13 at 18:41

It can never be fully disabled, unfortunately. You can clear your browser history (including all new history being cleared on session exit every time) and follow the below steps to get close to the desired results.

In older versions of Chrome:

  1. Go to the Chrome menu on the browser toolbar looks like this
  2. Click Settings
  3. Click Show advanced settings (on the bottom)
  4. In the Privacy section, deselect the "Use a prediction service to help complete searches and URLs typed in the address bar" checkbox

In newer versions:

  1. From the Privacy and security section, click Sync and Google services
  2. Disable Autocomplete searches and URLs

Keep in mind that the address bar shows matches from your browsing history, in addition to predictions. If you don't want to see matches from your browsing history, you must clear that as well.

Beyond that there is nothing more you can do. It is either all or nothing. You cannot modify the behavior of how you dismiss suggestions. Suggestions and autocomplete are the same service.

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    See support.google.com/chrome/answer/95656. I was interested in removing matches from my browsing history as well. To do that, you need to clear your browsing history. I'm also interested in preventing browsing history from being kept so that I don't have to keep doing this. It seems the only way to do that is to use Incognito ("If you don’t want Chrome to save your browsing history at all, you can switch to Incognito mode." - support.google.com/chrome/answer/95589) – Adam Zerner Mar 1 '17 at 7:02
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    From the original post, he wanted to keep suggestions, but remove the auto-added highlighted part. – NessDan Oct 19 '17 at 15:43
  • @NessDan yep - hence my last paragraph explaining google won't let us have our cake and eat it, too. It's all or nothing – Dan Oct 19 '17 at 16:28
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    this answer is wrong superuser.com/a/543412 – Steven Penny Dec 16 '17 at 19:50
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    Wrong: this disables google's autocompletion based on other user's searches, but keeps showing my own searches in autocompletion. I want precisely the opposite: I don't want it to keep track of my search queries (which is intrusive in my opinion, I'm not searching for porn or anything in public mode, but I still don't want my colleagues to see the history of my search queries and topics that interest me), but want to keep autocompletion based on popular queries. – Boris Burkov Jan 30 '19 at 11:52

For me there are two different things to do. The first one has been already marked as the correct answer. In brief:

  • Go to Chrome preferences - Advanced options - Disable: Use a prediction service to help complete searches and URLs typed in the address bar

However I still see, in addition to sites saved as bookmarks, URLs that I frequently visit. So the second thing to do to remove those entries is to:

  • When the unwanted URL appear, type Shift+Del (Windows) or Shift+Function+Delete (Mac) (Full answer here). I guess you can also clear all history cache, if you prefer!

My biggest complaint is that I type a hostname into the address bar (just a host name, not and FQDN) and Google Chrome goes off and searches for the hostname instead of going to it. And now it is surrounded by a bunch of URL so I hate to type it again!! Grrr!!!!

I found something that seems to completely disable searches in the address bar in Google Chrome.


  • Search engine
    • Manage search engines
      • Other search engines
        • Click Add
          • Search Engine - NONE
          • Keyword
            • anything you won't accidentally type in the address bar
            • P1Sn1Q4XhBViV2QoEQaggtcGxUZ3EYvg
          • URL with %s in place of query
            • Just %s, nothing else
            • %s
          • Click Add
      • Other search engines
        • NONE
          • Click the vertical ellipsis ⋮
            • Select - Make default

Now, when you want to search in the address bar, you can, by typing the "Keyword" for the search you want and then your search terms.

BUT :-) just typing into the google.com web page search will Not take you to the address bar!

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