Both Chrome and Firefox record what every user types in web forms, search bar, and the address bar by default. When the same form field or browser element is used by a user again and starts typing characters that match those saved results, the browser will start to show suggestions. You can easily load activate the suggestions using your keyboard, touch, or mouse. It helps speed up the process as you would not need to type the entire thing. However, you might want to remove autocomplete suggestions.
Remove Autocomplete Suggestions
With the passage of time, you might not find the suggestions to be useful. It is possible that you might have miss-typed a phrase or a word and it appears everywhere in the suggestions or have used a phrase in the past which has become redundant. You might have tried using the provided settings to remove the entries from the past without any avail. The problem is that there is no browser which displays a list of autocomplete entries. This is why it would not be obvious how you can delete the individual entries. The following options are available.
Delete Suggestions Individually
One of the options that you have is deleting the individual suggestions from the form fields of various websites, search bar, and address bar. Here is how you can do that.
- Use both of the up and down keys to mark the entries which you want to delete.
- Next, simply press the
Deletekey to delete those entries. However, if it does not work, your next option would be to use
Shift + Deletekeys.
- Similar to Firefox, Chrome also requires you to use the up and down keys for selecting autocomplete suggestions that you want to delete.
- Hold the
Shift + Deletekeys for removing the entries from memory.
Keep in mind that you can activate form fields without having to type by simply holding the down key. You can browse through the suggestions by holding onto the up and down keys. Make sure to check to see if the entries have even been removed or not.
Clear the Form History
Another option that you need to try out is clearing the form history to remove everything that you might have entered in the past. It would ensure that you start with an empty database that would be filled as you utilize the web. Here is how you can follow the step.
about:preferences#privacyin the address bar and press Enter.
- Choose the Clear History button.
- Check “Form & Search History” and uncheck those entries which you do not want to delete.
- Verify “time range to clear” to ensure it is set to everything.
- Click Clear Now.
chrome://settings/clearBrowserDatain the address bar of the browser and press Enter.
- Switch to Advanced tab.
- Ensure Autofill form data has been checked. Uncheck the entries that you do not want to delete.
- Click Clear Data for removing the entries.
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