How to Delete Things on the Drop Down of Your Search

Most Internet browsers facilitate the need for typing by storing a user's frequently typed information. When a user starts to write a word in a search box, a drop-down menu of past keyword searches will appear. A person can then select one of these suggestions without having to type everything out again. To some computer users, however, the information is sensitive and private, and they don't want others to view their search history. Fortunately, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome, three commonly used Internet browsers on Windows computers, provide options to delete and prevent drop-down search history.


  1. Internet Explorer

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      Open Internet Explorer on your computer by clicking on the "Start" button, located at the bottom left corner of your desktop screen. Internet Explorer is the default Internet browser on all Windows computers.

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      Click on "Tools" to bring down the drop menu to select "Internet Options".

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      Select the "Content" tab at the top of the "Internet Options" window.

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      Click on "Settings". The button is located under "AutoComplete," toward the bottom portion of the window.

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      Click on "Delete AutoComplete history".

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      Click the "Delete" button after you have verified that "Form data" is selected. This will erase any information that will show in a drop-down menu while you search for computer files or information on the Internet.

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      Unselect "Forms," under the "AutoComplete Settings" window, if you no longer want your browser to show a drop-down menu while typing a search in future. This will abolish the need to delete form history from time to time.

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      Click "OK" twice to save changes to settings.

    Mozilla Firefox

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      pen Mozilla Firefox on your desktop, if it is your default browser. The browser is located in the Start Menu, under "All Programs."

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      Click on "Tools" at the top of the browser and select "Clear Recent History" from the drop-down menu.

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      Set the time range to "Everything" and verify that "Form & Search History" is checked.

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      Click "Clear Now" to finalize form history deletion.

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      Click on "Tools" and then "Options" if you want to prevent Mozilla Firefox from saving future form information and providing a drop-down menu while you search.

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      Select the "Privacy" tab at the top of the menu and verify that you have set "Firefox will" to "Use custom settings for history."

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      Uncheck "Remember search and form history" and click "OK" to finalize the changes.

    Google Chrome

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      Open Google Chrome on your computer if this is your default browser. The browser should be under "All Programs" in your Start Menu.

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      Click on the wrench image button in the top right corner of your browser, and select "Tools" to bring out a side menu.

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      Select "Clear Browsing Data" from the menu.

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      Check the box next to "Clear saved form data" and verify that the data period has been set to "Everything."

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      Click "Clear browsing data" to finalize form history deletion.

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      Click the wrench icon again if you want to disable the drop-down menu of suggestions when searching items on the address bar.

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      Select "Options" and click on the "Under the Hood" tab at the top of the window.

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      Uncheck "Use a suggestion service to help complete searches and URLs typed in the address bar," located in the "Privacy" section.

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      Click "Close" to finalize your changes to the settings.

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