How to Remove Favorites From an Address Bar

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Adding favorites to your Internet browser allows you to visit your favorite websites over and over again without having to type out the full web address. Even when you do type out the address, the address bars of most Internet browsers will automatically complete the address. This feature is not always beneficial and could lead to embarrassment or a breach of privacy, so most Internet browsers give you the option to disable the auto-completion of favorites in the address bar.

Disabling Auto-Complete in Internet Explorer 8

  • Click on the “Tools” button on the main menu bar. Select “Internet Options” from the bottom of the “Tools” menu.

  • Select the “Content” tab then press the “Settings” button in the “Auto-Complete” section.

  • Uncheck the box marked “Favorites” and click “OK.” In the “Internet Options” window, click “OK” to save your changes.

Disabling Auto-Complete in Mozilla Firefox

  • Type “about:config” into the address bar and click “OK” when Firefox sends you to a warning page.

  • Type “places.frecency.unvisitedBookmarkBonus” into the filter box. Double click on the number under the “Value” column.

  • Set the value to “0” when Firefox prompts you to change the value and click “OK.”

  • Type “places.frecency.bookmarkVisitBonus” into the filter box. Double click on the number under the “Value” column.

  • Set the value to “0” when Firefox prompts you to change the value and click “OK.”

  • Click on the “Clear Now” button, and then click “Clear Private Data” in the new window to clear your browsing history and properly reset the value counters on your bookmarks.

  • Restart Firefox. Bookmarks will no longer appear in your address bar when you are typing an address.

Tips & Warnings

  • Clearing your private data in Firefox will remove your Internet history and might clear your cookies.

References

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