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How to Disable AutoComplete in Your Web Browser

The AutoComplete feature is the handy Windows tool. Whenever you type an internet address or fill in a form, AutoComplete displays a list of previously typed text. The feature is a blessing, but it can also be a curse — especially when things you don’t want others to see keep popping up on the screen.

To utterly disable AutoComplete, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Control Panel.

  2. Open the Internet Options window.

    • In Windows 7 and Windows Vista, choose Network and Internet and then Internet Options.

    • In Windows XP, open the Internet Options icon.

  3. Click the Content tab.

  4. Click the Settings button in the AutoComplete area.

    For Internet Explorer 6, click the AutoComplete button.

  5. Remove all check marks to utterly disable AutoComplete.

    Or, you can be selective and remove the check marks by only the items that bug you, such as web Addresses to remove those previously typed web page addresses that keep popping up on the Address bar.

    In Internet Explorer 6, you can also click the Clear Forms and Clear Passwords button at this time. Doing so removes any stored information that AutoComplete has collected.

  6. Click OK.

If you really don’t want to leave any digital crumbs, it might be a good idea to clear the history after you have disabled AutoComplete.

If you want to further check whether items have been properly purged from the AutoComplete repository, get technical and peruse the Registry for those entries. For URLs, look in the following Registry key:

HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\TypedURLs

Watch Video 411 to see a demonstration of how to purge AutoComplete information in Internet Explorer 8.

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