How to disable Chrome’s URL prediction

There are times when it can be helpful to have your computer guess what you’re trying to do, and there are times when it can be irritating. Chrome can predict your behaviour in a number of ways with features like auto-complete and automatic form filling. When you type a URL into the address bar, the browser will also try to work out which site you want to visit and will offer you a list of suggestions.

This sounds useful, but if you find that it is something you feel you can live without — or you are concerned about the privacy side of things — you will be pleased to hear that the feature can be disabled. You’d be forgiven for not having seen this option before, as it is slightly hidden.

Start by click the Chrome menu button and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the Show advanced settings link.

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Scroll down through the settings until you reach the Privacy section. Locate the option labelled Use a prediction service to help complete searches and URLs typed in the address bar and clear the checkbox by clicking it.

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There’s no need to save the new settings as they are saved automatically — you can just go ahead and close the Settings tab.

Should you change your mind about URL prediction, you can simply repeat these steps and re-enable the option.

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