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Stop Auto-Completes

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004 by | Filed Under: Using The Internet

I hate it when my browser auto-completes search engine entries and addresses when I start typing. How do I avoid this?

Well, if you’re using Internet Explorer (5.0 or higher), just go to Tools, Internet Options , then choose the Content tab and select the ” AutoComplete ” button. This will bring up a control panel where you can turn AutoComplete on or off for web addresses, forms, or passwords (see today’s tip below for more about this).


Just uncheck “Web addresses” and “forms” to keep previous search engine entries and visited website addresses from coming up as you type.

Netscape Navigator users can go to Edit, Preferences, Navigator , then click “Smart Browsing”


Uncheck “Location Bar Autocomplete” and you will no longer have previous addresses popping up as you type one in. As for search engine autocompletes, NS doesn’t seem to have this feature—at least it never happens to me.

~ David

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