How to delete query suggestions from google search bar permanently

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How to delete query suggestions from google search bar permanently
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When you type a search term into the Google search bar, the web browser tries to guess what you are searching for based on the series of letters or words you type into the search field. These query suggestions appear below the search bar so that users can click on the query that matches their search--making it unnecessary for them to type out the entire query. If you find the query suggestions distracting, however, it is possible to delete the query suggestions so that they no longer appear.

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  1. 1

    Go to Google's Preferences page, linked in the Resources section. This page allows you to remove query suggestions from appearing in the Google search bar.

  2. 2

    Scroll down the page to "Query Suggestions" and select the option that reads "Do not provide query suggestions in the search box."

  3. 3

    Click the "Save Preferences" button at the bottom of the page to permanently remove query suggestions and return to the Google search page.

Tips and warnings

  • To delete query suggestions that are based on your search history, you have a few additional options. One option is to sign out of your Google account. You can also manually delete suggestions based on your web browsing history by scrolling through the list of suggested queries and hitting the "delete" key on your keyboard. This will permanently delete them from the search bar.

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