The Chrome web browser offers a number of features that either do not exist in, or are better than, their competitors. Chrome’s address bar also acts as a search box. The browser will take this one step further by suggesting sites as you type that are similar to what you are typing and possibly sites you have visited before. Often, this is very useful, but sometimes programs may try to be too helpful and inconvenience the user.
To disable suggestions during searches:
- Click on the customize and control Google Chrome (Tools) drop-down menu (small wrench icon)
- Select “Options”.
- Un-check the box next to “Use a suggestion service to help complete searches and URLs typed in the address bar” under the “Under the Hood” tab.
- Click the “Close” button.
Now you should only see suggestions that are related to your past search history or web bookmarks and not ones suggested based solely on the text entered.
Eliminate further suggestions during searches:
To further limit suggestions you can also un-check the “Show suggestions for navigation errors” box above the aforementioned one. Clicking the “Clear browsing data…” button at the top of the “Under the Hood” page will bring up the sub-page from which you can eliminate data saved by Chrome regarding your browsing habits. On this menu, be sure to have the “Clear browsing history” box checked, select how far back you wish to delete browsing history for (a day, a week, four weeks, or all history), and then click the “Clear browsing data” button.
You can also use this sub-page to delete saved passwords, cookies, form data, and downloads. Just check the appropriate box and click the button.
Of course, if you would rather have Chrome save no data regarding your browsing habits, you could browse using an incognito window as mentioned in an earlier article on GT.
Do you find any use to the suggestion feature? Let us know in the comments section!