moderated Re: Stopping Google Chrome suggestions
I thank Mike B for writing the first set of steps.toggle quoted messageShow quoted text
Stop Google Chrome from Storing Browser History - Turn Off Search
Suggestions on Google Chrome
There doesn't appear to be any way to do this from within the browser,
so following the steps below should get the job done:
The following message may be encountered after using these steps, and
although annoying, causes no harm, and can be ignored.
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1. Open Chrome and press, Control + H, to open Chrome history.
2. Tab to, Clear browsing data link, and press enter.
3. Tab to the, Time range combo box open the combo box, choose the, All
time, option and close the combo box.
4. Tab to these other checkboxes to select what you want deleted
permanently. They are as follows:
Browsing history Clears history and autocompletions in the address bar.
Cookies and other site data Signs you out of most sites.
Cached images and files Frees up X.X MB. Some sites may load more slowly on
your next visit.
5. Tab to, Clear data button, and press the spacebar or enter to remove the
selected data. Now close Chrome and do the following.
1. Make sure that hidden files and folders are set to show.
2. Use the following path to find the file you need to change, replacing
"your Name", with the name of your user folder
C:\Users\Your Name\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default
3. Press the letter H until you come to "History",
then open the properties, and tab to "read only", and check the box.
4. tab to okay, and press the spacebar.
Alt F4 to close all windows, you are done.
Changing the file properties to read only prevents Chrome from writing to
it, which in turn prevents it from showing suggestions while typing in the
Since this is a file specific to Google Chrome, the properties of this file
may change when the browser is updated.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Brian Vogel" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Sunday, March 22, 2020 8:54 PM
Subject: Re: Stopping Google Chrome suggestions
The Windows Club is a very reliable source, but this particular article is
out-of-date (by its own admission, saying that the Autocomplete settings
have moved, and they have)
But, first, I can tell you I'm running Chrome Version 80.0.3987.149
(Official Build) (64-bit) , and these settings do not make the slightest bit
of difference for autocomplete in the URL/web address/omnibox (pick your
When you open Settings, the You and Google section is first, and the Sync
and Google Services settings are under it. When expanded, you will find the
Autocomplete Searches and URLs toggle. I've got mine toggled off, but it
still does it. This could possibly be because I have not recently deleted
all browsing history, but I know when I have it still eventually "comes
Autofill is related to web forms, and it's in the Autofill section, which
comes next, and there is autofill for passwords, payment methods, and
addresses and more (and in this case they don't mean web addresses).
Brian *-* Windows 10 Pro, 64-Bit, Version 1909, Build 18363
*Tolerance is the positive and cordial effort to understand another's
beliefs, practices, and habits without necessarily sharing or accepting
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