How to Delete Address Bar Drop Down Menu Items

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Delete address bar drop-down menu items.

Most web browsers maintain your browsing history, which allows them to display possible matching links in the address bar in a drop-down menu. Although this can be a useful enhancement, for privacy matters you might want to delete such items. Removing these items consists of clearing your browsing history, web cookies and cache. Once you do that, the only drop-down menu items that might display in the address bar will be those that correspond to your Bookmark or Favorite links. The specific steps to perform these adjustments will vary depending on your browser, but the general process is the same.

Instructions

  1. Clear Browsing History

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      In Firefox, click on the "Tools" menu, click on "Options" from the drop-down menu and select the "Privacy" tab. Click on "Show Cookies," then click "Remove All Cookies."

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      In Explorer, click on the "Tools" menu, click on "Internet Options" from the drop-down menu and select the "General" tab. Click on "Delete Cookies," then click the "Clear History" button. Click "OK" to confirm.

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      In Netscape, click the "Tools" menu, click on "Cookie Manager" and click on the "Manage Stored Cookies" button. Click on "Remove All Cookies," then click "OK" to confirm.

    Delete Browsing Cache

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      For Windows users, access the following directory: Documents and Settings > [your username] > Local Settings > Application Data > Mozilla > Firefox > Profiles > [default file name] > Cache.

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      Open the contents of the Cache folder. Select all the contents, right-click on the selection and click on "Delete" from the drop-down menu. Follow the same directory to find the Internet Explorer cache under the "Application Data" folder.

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      For Mac users, open a Finder window. Click on your Username, located under the "Places" section. This contains "Desktop," "Downloads," "Music," "Documents," "Library" and others.

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      Expand the "Library" folder. Double-click on the "Cache" folder and delete all its contents.

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      Back in the Finder window, click on your "Macintosh HD" icon, under the "Devices" section. Expand the contents of the "Library" folder. Double-click on the "Caches" folder and delete all its contents.

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      Restart your web browser. If drop-down menu items appear, they should be only the ones corresponding to your Bookmark links or those in your Favorites menu. Deleting those will completely remove all possible drop-down menu items.

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