How to enable or disable autocomplete in a web browser

Updated: 02/01/2021 by Computer Hope
Autocomplete

Autocomplete is a default feature of most modern web browsers. It anticipates what you are typing and suggests a word or phrase based on the activity of other users and your history. If you press Enter, the application automatically completes your typing with the remainder of the suggested text. For example, if you type goog in your browser's address bar, the browser may suggest google.com by displaying the letters you haven't typed yet. If you press Enter, the browser goes to that website.

To enable or disable autocomplete in your browser, select your browser from the list below and follow the instructions.

Tip

By hitting Enter on an autocomplete suggestion in the address bar, your browser takes you directly to the website. If you are skeptical about a URL, use the search bar instead, which offers a preview of the website through your search engine.

Note

This page only shows you how to toggle the autocomplete feature on and off. For steps on deleting autocomplete history in the address bar, see: How do I clear my address bar history? and How to delete autocomplete history.

Google Chrome

Chrome
Note

In Google Chrome, autocomplete can never fully be disabled. Regardless of settings, Chrome autocompletes URLs in the address bar. For more information, see Chromium issue 91378.

Although autocomplete cannot be fully disabled in Google Chrome, the following steps may reduce the frequency of autocompleted URLs.

  1. Open a Chrome browser window.
  2. Click Customize and control Google Chrome Chrome settings icon (three vertical dots) in the upper-right corner of the browser window.
  3. In the drop-down menu, select Settings.

Chrome menu settings selector.

  1. On the left, click You and Google.

You and Google in Chrome.

  1. In the middle of the browser window, under the You and Google section, click Sync and Google services.

Sync and Google services selector

  1. Under the Other Google services section, toggle the switch next to Autocomplete searches and URLs to the off position.

Toggling autocomplete to off.

  1. From now on, Chrome no longer stores or offers new autocomplete suggestions. To re-enable autocomplete, toggle the switch to the on position.

Mozilla Firefox

Firefox

To enable or disable autocomplete in Firefox, follow these steps.

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

Firefox options menu

  1. In the window that appears, click the Privacy & Security option in the left navigation pane.

Privacy and security selector.

  1. Scroll down to the Address bar section, uncheck all the boxes, and then click Change preferences for search engine suggestions.

Unchecked address bar options.

  1. On the next screen, under Search Suggestions, uncheck the box next to Provide search suggestions.

Unchecking Provide search suggestions box.

  1. From now on, Firefox no longer stores or offers new autocomplete suggestions. To re-enable autocomplete, recheck the appropriate boxes.
Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge

Follow these steps to turn off typing suggestions in the address bar of Microsoft Edge.

  1. Open the Microsoft Edge browser.
  2. Click the Settings and more icon Microsoft Edge More menu in the upper-right corner of the browser window.
  3. In the drop-down menu, near the bottom, select Settings.

Settings selector in Edge.

  1. Under the Settings section on the left, click Privacy, search, and services.

Site permissions selector

  1. At the bottom of the middle section, under Services, click Address bar and search.

Address bar and search selector.

  1. On the next screen, click the toggle switch next to Show me search and site suggestions using my typed characters so that it's in the off Toggle switch off position.
  2. From now on, Edge no longer stores or offers new autocomplete suggestions. To re-enable autocomplete, toggle the switch to the on position.

Microsoft Edge Legacy

Microsoft Edge

The following section shows you how to toggle site suggestions in Microsoft Edge Legacy.

  1. Open the Microsoft Edge Legacy browser.
  2. Click More Microsoft Edge More icon (three horizontal dots) in the upper-right corner of the window.
  3. In the drop-down menu, near the bottom, select Settings.

Edge Settings selector.

  1. In the Settings menu, on the left, click Privacy & security.
  2. On the right, scroll down to Privacy.
  3. Toggle the switch under Show search and site suggestions as I type to off Edge toggle off to disable these autocomplete suggestions, or on Edge toggle on to enable them.

Edge suggestions

Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer

To enable or disable autocomplete in Internet Explorer, follow these steps.

  1. Open the Internet Explorer browser.
  2. Click Tools Internet explorer tools icon icon in the upper-right corner of the window.
  3. Select Internet Options from the drop-down menu.

Internet options selector in Internet Explorer.

  1. Under the Content tab, in the Autocomplete section, click the Settings button.
  2. Uncheck the box next to the Address bar option, then click OK.

Internet Explorer URL suggestion options

  1. These settings take effect when you restart the browser.

Safari

Safari

The following section shows you how toggle autocomplete suggestions on and off in Safari.

  1. Open the Safari browser.
  2. Select Safari selector from the menu bar in the top-left corner of the screen.
  3. In the drop-down menu that appears, select Preferences.

Safari preferences

  1. At the top of the window that appears, click the Search tab, and then uncheck the box next to Include search engine suggestions.

Autocomplete toggle checkbox in Safari.

  1. From now on, Safari no longer stores or offers new autocomplete suggestions. To re-enable autocomplete, click the checkbox in step 4 so that it's checked.

Opera

Opera

To enable or disable autocomplete in Opera, follow these steps.

  1. Open the Opera browser.
  2. Click the Opera menu button button in the upper-left corner of the screen.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the drop-down menu, and click Settings.

Settings selector

  1. In the Settings window, click the Opera Advanced button button, and then select Privacy & security.

Privacy selector in Opera

  1. Under the Privacy & Security section, toggle the switch next to Use a prediction service to help complete searches and URLs typed in the address bar so that it is set to the off position.

Opera Settings - prediction service option

  1. From now on, Opera no longer stores or offers new autocomplete suggestions. To re-enable autocomplete, toggle the switch to the on Opera toggle on.jpg position.