I downloaded IE 11 the other day on my Windows 7 work desktop as a number of sites I use complained that IE8 was outdated.

It's now picked up an annoying habit - if I type a single letter in the address bar, it tries to guess what sites I want. ServerFault is fine, because I've been there before, but the other sites listed I have never visited and have no interest in doing so.

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Can this be turned off?

  1. Open the Internet Options dialog.

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  2. Go to the Content tab and click the Settings button in the AutoComplete section.

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  3. Uncheck Suggesting URLs and confirm the dialog.

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Edit OP forgot to define OS at first, so this is for Windows 8 and will not help with Windows 7 :)

I think you need too turn off Enhanced suggestions

From the Start screen, tap or click Internet Explorer to open Internet Explorer.

Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, then tap Settings.
(If you're using a mouse, point to the bottom-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, then click Settings.)

Tap or click Privacy and turn Show enhanced suggestions as you type to Off.

Source and details about Auto Searching as well

  • Annoyingly, it doesn't seem to be an option under Windows 7 - you can turn off "suggested sites" and "search suggestions" but it still happens. – tombull89 Dec 17 '13 at 9:25

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