I tend to have a habit of mistyping URLs when I’m on my mobile device, and since I’m using Chrome, those mistypes end up on my computer, where they keep popping up as auto-suggested URLs and annoy me. Of course, apart from those , there are some other URLs which I don’t want to show up as suggestions, mainly because they are a few guilty pleasures of mine, which I don’t want others to see.
If you find yourself in a similar situation, then deleting specific auto-suggested URLs from your browser is the solution. If you were thinking that deleting those auto-suggested URLs would imply that you also need to delete the good ones, then you will be rejoiced to know that you can easily get rid of only a few of them. This guide will show you how to do this on all major browsers.
Delete auto-suggested URLs on Google Chrome
Google has a habit of making their services easy to use and feature rich, and if you want to delete some auto-suggested URLs from Chrome, the developers have provided a simple solution. It only takes a second to do it and you don’t need to search browsing history or use any third party tools. Just follow these steps and you can delete any auto-suggested URLs from Google Chrome:
- Open Google Chrome
- In the address bar, type the URL you want to delete and you should see it in the auto-suggested links
- Use your arrow keys and go to the link you want to delete
- Once you have selected the URL you want to delete, hit Shift + Delete from your keyboard
By following these 4 easy steps, you will be able to delete any auto-suggested URLs from Google Chrome and you will be able to keep your browsing history clean. Alternatively, if you want to delete specific URLs from your browsing history, you can use the “Search History” option and target a specific address to delete.
Delete auto-suggested URLs on Mozilla Firefox
Mozilla Firefox also offers users the possibility to delete auto-suggested URLs in a couple of ways. Similar to what Google has implemented in their Chrome browser, Mozilla developers have simplified this process, but at the same time, they’ve gone the extra mile and added a feature to delete all the information of one specific website. Here are the two ways you can delete auto-suggested URLs from Mozilla Firefox:
- Open Firefox
- Type in the URL you want to delete in the address bar, or part of the URL
- Using your arrow keys, navigate to the URL you want to delete
- Press Delete or Shift + Delete to remove the entry
This option is similar to what Google Chrome users have to do in order to delete URLs from the auto-suggested list, and for Firefox users, the same process can be used to delete search queries from the Google Search bar.
The other method of deleting a auto-suggested website from Mozilla Firefox can be done via the History Window, which allows users to delete all instances of a website, in the case they have visited more pages on that domain. To accomplish this, users will have to follow these simple steps:
- Open Mozilla Firefox
- Click on the “Firefox” button from the upper left corner
- Click in the “History” button and the Library window will appear
- Use the search bar to lookup the website you wish to remove
- Once you’ve found the entry, right click and select “Forget About This Site“
Delete auto-suggested URLs on Internet Explorer
In the off-chance that some of you out there are still using Internet Explorer, and you want to delete individual auto-suggested URLs from the address bar, here is a quick guide on how to do this. The process is the same as for Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, and on top of this, there are some options to limit or disable auto-suggest completely from Internet Explorer. For the purpose of this demonstration, we’ll be using Internet Explorer 11, which most of you will have installed on their computers.
- Open Internet Explorer
- In the address bar, start typing the URL you want to delete
- Using your arrow keys, navigate to the URL you wish to remove
- When the desired URL is highlighted, hit the Delete key on your keyboard
- Optional: Using your mouse pointer, click the “x” button which can be found in line with the link you want to delete
Alternatively, there is another option which allows you to customize when auto-suggest kicks in, or provide the option to completely turn this feature off. To access these options, all you need to do is follow these steps:
- From the upper right corner of Internet Explorer, click the gear icon
- From the drop-down menu, select “Internet Options“
- In the Internet Options window which appears, select the “Content” tab
- There, you will see the Auto-Complete option, click the “Settings” button
This will open a window where you can either disable this option completely, customize where auto-complete will be present or delete the current auto-complete history.