How to Turn Off the Search Bar Automatic List That Pops Up

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How to Turn Off the Search Bar Automatic List That Pops Up
Turning off the autocomplete and search suggestion features for your browser's search bar. (Young pretty women on red bean bag relaxing and using laptop image by Christopher Meder from Fotolia.com)

Generally you can disable the automatic list that pops up in your web browser's search bar by turning off the form auto-complete and search suggestion features in your web browser. If turning off these feature fails to prevent all of the search suggestion pop ups that appear when you are typing a search query in your browser's search bar, you may also need to disable the query suggestion feature located on your search engine provider's preferences page.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Internet Explorer web browser
  • OR
  • Firefox web browser 3.5 / 3.6

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Go to the "Tools" menu in your Internet Explorer web browser and select "Internet Options."

  2. 2

    Click on the "Content" tab then click the "Settings" button in the AutoComplete section.

  3. 3

    Deselect the box next to Use AutoComplete for "Forms." Click "OK."

  4. 4

    Go to the "General" tab, click "Delete," then delete your "Form data" history.

  1. 1

    Click on the small arrow located on the right side of your Internet Explorer 8 search bar.

  2. 2

    Select "Manage Search Providers" from the drop-down menu. Click on the first search provider in the list and select "Disable suggestions" in the details section. Repeat for the next search provider in the list until you have gone through them all.

  3. 3

    Click "Close."

  1. 1

    Go to the "Tools" menu in your Firefox web browser and select "Options."

  2. 2

    Click on "Privacy" in the menu options. Click the "Firefox will" drop-down menu and select "Use custom settings for history."

  3. 3

    Deselect the box next to "Remember search and form history." Click "OK."

  4. 4

    Right-click on your Firefox search bar and deselect "Show Suggestions" in the shortcut menu. Alternatively, to turn off the search suggestion feature, you can also click on the small arrow located to the left of the search bar. Select "Manage Search Engines" from the drop-down menu. Deselect "Show search suggestions". Click "OK."

  1. 1

    Go to your search engine provider's preference page for the current, active search engine in your search bar. Links to the preferences page of several popular search engine providers (Google, Yahoo!, Bing and Dogpile) are in the References section of this article.

  2. 2

    Sign into your account with this provider (if applicable).

  3. 3

    Select the option to turn off the query suggestion feature. For example, on the Google Preference page, scroll down to the Query Suggestion section and deselect "Provide query suggestions in the search box." In Yahoo!, click the "Edit" link in the Search Assist section, select "Never - Do not automatically display search suggestions," and click "Save." In Bing, scroll down to the Search Suggestions section and deselect "Turn suggestions on."

  4. 4

    Click the "OK," "Finished," "Save Preferences" or whatever button is located at the bottom of the preferences page.

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