How do I clear my address bar history?

Updated: 02/01/2021 by Computer Hope
Address bar completion in Chrome on Windows 10

By default, web browsers give you suggestions when you begin typing in the address bar, automatically completing the text for you. They may suggest site URLs from your browsing history or bookmarks/favorites, popular search results, or sites you have open in other tabs.

The following sections show you how to clear your address bar history, and then disable it if you choose. To proceed, select your browser from the list below and follow the instructions.

Chrome

Chrome

To clear your address bar history, you need to use Google's My Activity tool. After that, you can disable omnibox suggestions to prevent them from coming up in the future.

How to clear the address bar history

  1. Open Google Chrome.
  2. Go to the My Google Activity page.
  3. On the left side of the screen, click the Delete activity by selector.

Delete activity by selector.

  1. In the Delete Activity prompt, click All time.

All time selector

  1. In the upper-right corner of the next prompt, check the box next to Select All, and then click the Next button.

Select all history in My Activity.

  1. On the confirmation screen, in the lower-right corner, click the Google Delete button. button.

How to disable omnibox suggestions

Once you've cleared your address bar history, you can turn off further tracking by disabling the Google omnibox suggestions.

  1. Open Google Chrome.
  2. Go to the My Google Activity page.
  3. On the left side of the screen, click the Activity controls selector.

Activity controls selector.

  1. On the Activity controls page, click the toggle switch next to Web & App Activity to the "off" position.

My Activity toggle

  1. When you try to toggle the switch to off, you see the Pause Web & App Activity? prompt. Click the Google Pause button. button at the bottom-right corner.
Firefox

Firefox

Firefox has a few options when to clear the address bar history. You can choose to clear history from a specific site or all sites. The following sections show you how to do each, and then disable the feature that tracks address bar history.

How to clear all address bar history

To clear all your address bar history in Firefox, you need to clear your browser history.

How to clear address bar history for one site

  1. Open the Mozilla Firefox browser.
  2. Click the menu icon Firefox menu in the upper-right corner of the browser window.
  3. Select Library from the drop-down menu.

Library selector in Firefox.

  1. Select History in the next menu.

History selector

  1. Scroll to the bottom of the new menu and click the Show All History button.

Show All History

  1. Right-click one of the sites in your history and select Forget About This Site.

Forget About This Site button.

How to disable address bar history

If you don't want to see any address bar suggestions in Firefox, you can disable them through the Privacy & Security options.

Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge

In Microsoft Edge, there are a few steps to clear the address bar history. Edge always generates suggestions in the address bar based on your search history and favorites. So, to clear your address bar history, and keep it that way, you must turn off address bar suggestions, force Edge to clear the history each time it closes, and remove favorites.

How to clear address bar history

As we mentioned above, one of the ways the address bar suggestions are populated is via your search history. To erase this portion, clear your browser history.

How to clear browser history on exit

After you've cleared your history, you need to toggle a setting that makes the browser clear history again each time you close the browser.

How to remove your favorites

Edge always keeps the address bar history for your favorites, even if you clear them. To remove those suggestions from the address bar, you need to remove your favorites.

How to disable address bar history

If you don't want to see any address bar suggestions in Edge as you type, you can turn off the AutoComplete feature.

Edge

Microsoft Edge Legacy

To clear your address history in Microsoft Edge Legacy, you need to clear your browsing history. Then, if you don't want to see future suggestions, you need to disable the search and site suggestions feature.

How to clear address bar history

As we mentioned above, address bar site suggestions are populated from your search history. To erase them, clear your browser history.

How to disable search and site suggestions

Toggling the AutoComplete feature to "off" keeps Edge Legacy from making suggestions as you type in search queries or web addresses.

Internet Explorer

Microsoft Internet Explorer

To clear your address history in Microsoft Internet Explorer, you need to clear your browsing history. Then, if you don't want to see future suggestions, you need to disable search and site suggestions.

How to clear address bar history

As we mentioned above, address bar site suggestions are populated from your search history. To erase them, clear your browser history.

How to disable search and site suggestions

Toggling the AutoComplete feature to "off" keeps Internet Explorer from making suggestions as you type in search queries or web addresses.

Safari

Safari

To clear your address bar history in Safari, you need to clear your browsing history. Then, if you don't want to see future suggestions, you need to disable the suggestions feature. However, realize that Safari always makes address bar suggestions for sites you have bookmarked.

How to clear address bar history

As we mentioned above, address bar site suggestions are populated from your search history. To erase them, clear your browser history.

How to disable search and site suggestions

Disabling the "Include Safari Suggestions" option keeps Safari from making suggestions as you type in search queries or web addresses.

Opera

Opera

To clear your address history in Opera, you need to clear your browsing history. Then, if you don't want to see future suggestions, you need to disable Opera's prediction service.

How to clear address bar history

As we mentioned above, address bar site suggestions are populated from your search history. To erase them, clear your browser history.

How to disable search and site suggestions

Toggling the prediction service in Opera to "off" keeps it from making suggestions as you type in search queries or web addresses.