A big part of my job is doing research online. That means from time to time the autocomplete function in my browser’s address bar gets filled with mistyped URLs and sites I visited once but never will again. If you’ve ever spent a boring night surfing around the web chances are your browser’s autosuggest function tosses up similar unwanted ghosts. 

Erasing all autosuggested URLs from your browser is easy, but it would slow you down even more than a few bad suggestions. Deleting just the unwanted URLs, however, really streamlines the browsing experience.

Here’s how to dump the annoying addresses while keeping all the good stuff in Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Opera.

Chrome

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Time to get rid of Santa.

Over the Christmas holidays every year, I spend a lot of time researching the various online Santa trackers for our annual round-up. Way back when that article was first published, I visited Google’s Santa site so many times that Chrome automatically suggested I go to Santaland every time I typed in ‘Google.com’—even though the santa tracker URL has since changed.

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Sayonara, Santa.

To delete a single autosuggested URL, start typing the address as you normally would—Google.com in my example. Then, when the unwanted autocomplete suggestion appears, use your keyboard’s arrow keys to highlight the suggestion in the drop-down menu below the address bar.

Finally, press Shift-Delete and poof! The suggestion disappears. Good riddance Santa…at least until next Christmas.

Firefox

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Delete Firefox URLs with the tap of a button.

The same basic concept you use to delete autocomplete suggestions in Chrome also applies to Firefox. Start typing the URL and then highlight the mistyped URL in the drop-down menu when it comes up. But instead of pressing Shift-Delete as we did in Chrome, simply press the Delete button to scrub the errant entry.

In the latest versions of Firefox when you delete a highlighted entry it still remains in the address bar, but you can get rid of it with a quick highlight and backspace.





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