A big part of my job is doing research online. It means I'm going to wait for you in my browser's address I'm going to visit you once again but never will again. If you've ever spent a while surfing around the web, your browser's autosuggest function isss up similar unwanted ghosts.
Erasing all autosuggested URLs from your browser is easy, but it would be slower than a few bad suggestions. Deleting just the unwanted URLs, however, really streamlines the browsing experience.
Here's how to dump the annoying addresses while keeping all the good stuff in Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Opera.
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Time to get rid of santa.
Time to get rid of santa.
Over the Christmas holidays every year, I spend a lot of time researching the different santa trackers for our annual round-up. I've visited Google's Santa site so many times that Chrome is automatically suggested I go to Santaland every time I typed in 'Google.com' even though the santa tracker URL has since changed.
To delete a single autosuggested URL, start typing the address as you normally would – Google.com in my example. Then, when the unwanted autocomplete suggestion appears, use your keyboard's arrow.
Finally, press Shift-Delete and poof! The suggestion disappears. Good riddance Santa
The same basic concept you use to delete autocomplete suggestions in Chrome so applies to Firefox. But instead of pressing Shift-Delete as we did in Chrome, simply press the Delete Start typing the URL and then highlight the mistyped URL in the drop-down menu.
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Internet Explorer lets you scrub singular URLs with a simple mouse click.
There are no reliable ways to scrub auto-suggested URLs from Microsoft's Edge, but Internet Explorer's autocomplete scrubbing works. When you look at an address in the drop-down menu, you'll see at 'x' on the far right side. Click this 'x' and it's gone.
Opera's method of deleting URLs is very similar to Internet Explorer's. Highlight the URL in the address bar and look for 'x' to the far right. Click that, and the URL will be erased.
In Opera this method only works for sites in your history. It does not include suggestions drawn from your favorites or suggestions pulled from your default search engine. After you drop it, it's time to get rid of it forever.
There you have it!
This article originally published February 18, 2014.