Saturday, March 23, 2013

Google Chrome: Removing Predictive URLs (The Real Solution)

I see this question posted to a lot of Google Groups. Since I have not figured out how to answer a question on a group page (maybe I have to be a Google employee, who knows? No really, who knows?), I thought I would post the answer here.

Problem

When typing in the URL bar in Google Chrome, Chrome offers all sorts of suggestions. You want to prevent this from happening or at least remove some of the suggestions.

Solution

  1. In Chrome, press Ctrl+H.to display your browsing history. Delete the items you want or delete all of them.
  2. On the Chrome Settings page, click Show advanced settings (at the bottom of the page).
  3. Uncheck Use a prediction service to help complete searches and URLs typed in the address bar if it is checked.
  4. Delete any bookmarks that you do not want to appear. (This is the part that many answers miss.)
  5. Close Chrome and restart it.
  6. Press Ctrl+Shift+N each time you start Chrome so that Chrome will not track your Internet history.
  7. If you use other computers when signed into Chrome with the same account, you may have to repeat these steps on your other computers if your settings a synced.
Please let me know if this works or not for you. I appreciate the input.