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Managing AutoComplete In Internet Explorer

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013 by | Filed Under: Using The Internet

Artell Watson from Michigan writes:

Question: When you fill out information such as name and address, some websites will have a drop-down list. In this list is previously used information. How do I delete items in this list that I don’t need or want?

In Internet Explorer, this feature is called AutoComplete and designed to make it easier to fill out commonly used fields. But it could also make it easier for someone else to fill out commonly used fields with your personal information if they happen to use your computer. This feature is pretty simple to manage. Click the little gear symbol in the upper right-hand corner of your browser and select Internet Options from the drop-down menu.



You’ll open an Internet Options window. Choose the Content tab at the top.


Towards the bottom of that window, you’ll see a button for AutoComplete. Click Settings.



A new window will open that allows you to customize your AutoComplete settings. You can choose to have Internet Explorer only AutoComplete some tasks, make sure it asks before deciding to save your passwords, turn off AutoComplete altogether or delete your AutoComplete History.


Hope this answers your questions.

~ Cynthia

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2 Responses to “Managing AutoComplete In Internet Explorer”

  1. James Byrd says:

    This would work find on my desktop but not on my Samsung galaxy 2 smart phone. So how would you make work on this kind of phone as more and more people are using this type phone over a desktop

  2. Libby R says:

    If you want to just delete one or two items that may show when the list of previously entered drops down, mouse down to the one to delete, when it’s highlighted, click the delete key. I use this when I’ve typed in my email incorrectly and then the next time I attempt to go into that website and the incorrect email shows in the drop down – that way I don’t have to go in and delete all.

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