Internet Explorer automatically suggests addresses and search results based on the partial address you’re typing out. If this feature irritates you, read on as we learn how to turn it off.

Today’s Question & Answer session comes to us courtesy of SuperUser—a subdivision of Stack Exchange, a community-driven grouping of Q&A web sites.

The Question

SuperUser reader Tombull89 wants to tweak IE:

I downloaded IE 11 the other day on my Windows 7 work desktop as a number of sites I use complained that IE8 was outdated.

It’s now picked up an annoying habit – if I type a single letter in the address bar, it tries to guess what sites I want.

ServerFault is fine, because I’ve been there before, but the other sites listed I have never visited and have no interest in doing so.

We’ll admit to being irritated by the address suggestion engine too. It’s fine when it’s suggesting sites we actually visit, but other times the suggestions are off topic and irrelevant. So how can Tom turn it off?

The Answer

SuperUser contributor Oliver Salzburg cuts right to the chase and shows us how to get rid of the suggestions:

  1. Open the Internet Options dialog.
  2. Go to the Content tab and click the Settings button in the AutoComplete section.
  3. Uncheck Suggesting URLs and confirm the dialog.

Once you know where to look, banishing the annoying suggestions is dead simple. Mission accomplished.

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