When you start typing a query in your web browser’s address bar, the browser displays your past searches as suggestions. You may not want certain suggestions to appear for privacy reasons. In that case, here’s how to selectively remove those suggestions from your browser.
In Google Chrome’s both desktop and mobile versions, you can remove the past searches that appear as suggestions. Here’s how.
If you are on a desktop, launch Chrome and start typing your query in the address bar.
When you see the suggestion that you want to remove, hover your cursor over it and click the “X” icon.
Chrome will delete the selected search suggestion. You can accomplish the same thing with a keyboard shortcut by highlighting the suggestion and hitting Shift+Delete.
To clear the Google search bar history on your mobile device, launch Google Chrome on your phone.
In Chrome, tap the address bar and start typing your query. When you see the suggestion you want to remove, tap and hold on it.
Tap “OK” in the prompt.
And your selected suggestion is now removed.
In Firefox’s desktop version, you can find and remove individual search bar entries. However, on mobile, you must clear the entire browsing history to remove any entries.
To clear the individual entries in Firefox on desktop, first, launch Firefox on your computer.
Click the address bar and start typing your query. Then, select the suggestion you want to remove using your keyboard’s down and up arrow keys.
To remove the selected entry, press Shift+Delete on your keyboard.
Edge’s both desktop and mobile versions allow you to delete the search bar suggestion entries. Here’s how to do that.
On your desktop, launch Edge and enter your query in the address bar.
Find the suggestion to remove and select it using your keyboard’s up and down arrow keys.
While your suggestion is highlighted, press Shift+Delete on your keyboard to delete the suggestion. And that’s it.
To remove search suggestions from your phone, open Edge on your phone.
In Edge, tap the address bar and type your query. Then, when the suggestion you want to remove appears, tap and hold on it.
Select “OK” in the prompt.
And your selected item is now deleted.
Safari’s both Mac and iPhone/iPad versions offer the option to delete search bar entries.
To clear Safari’s search suggestions on Mac, first, launch Safari on your Mac.
In Safari, from the menu bar, select History > Show All History.
On the “History” page, in the top-right corner, click the search box and type the suggestion that you want to remove.
Select the suggestion you don’t want, and press Delete on your keyboard.
And you are done.
To remove suggestions from Safari’s iPhone or iPad version, launch Safari on your phone.
In the bottom bar of Safari, tap “Bookmarks” (a book icon).
At the top of the “Bookmarks” screen, tap “History” (a clock icon).
You will see your Safari browsing history. Here, swipe left on the item you want to delete and tap “Delete.”
And you are all set.
With the unwanted search suggestions out of your way, you can continue to perform your searches without any interruptions in your browsers. Enjoy!
If you’d like to remove all history-based suggestions from your browser, your best option is to delete your entire browsing history. It’s a quick way to remove all traces of your previous browsing.
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