How to delete the search address

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How to delete the search address
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Your browser's search address history is the history kept in your address bar. The search address history appears when you click the address bar pull-down menu or enter a search or Web address in the address bar. You can delete the search address history in Internet Explorer 8 and Firefox 3 without deleting your other history, such as cookies, password history and the cache contents. You can also delete the search address history in Google Chrome, but Google advises clearing the entire Chrome history when you clear the search bar history.

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    Clearing the Address Bar in Internet Explorer 8

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    Click the Windows "Start" menu. Type "Regedit" in the search box (without the quotation marks) and press "Enter" on your keyboard. Select "Regedit" from the search results if the registry editor doesn't automatically appear. Click "Continue" when asked if you wish to continue.

  2. 2

    Click the arrow next to "HKEY_Current_User" to expand the folder. Find and expand the "Software" folder and then the "Microsoft" folder inside the "Software" folder. Expand the "Internet Explorer" folder and click the "Typed URLS" folder.

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    Right-click the addresses you wish to delete from the search bar and click "Delete." Highlight all of the addresses and right-click one to delete all of them at the same time. Your address bar is now cleared.

    Clearing the Address Bar in Firefox 3

  1. 1

    Open the Firefox browser. Click the "Tools" menu button and click "Clear recent history."

  2. 2

    Select "Everything" to delete your entire address bar history. Select "Browsing and download history" and deselect everything else.

  3. 3

    Press the "Shift" and "L" button on your keyboard at the same time to select the address bar. Highlight any addresses, and press "Delete" to delete specific addresses and not the entire bar history.

    Clearing the Address Bar in Google Chrome

  1. 1

    Click the "Wrench" icon at the top-right of the Chrome browser. Click "Tools."

  2. 2

    Click "Clear browsing data" and click the check box next to "Clear browsing history." Select "Everything" in the "Clear data from this period" menu to completely clear your address bar.

  3. 3

    Click "Clear browsing data." Your address bar is now cleared.

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