How to remove an auto-complete URL from Chrome on a Mac

If you’re at all like me, you get very annoyed at little things 🙂

The Scenario

Let’s imagine you love to browse with Chrome on your beloved Mac and you frequently visit Facebook. So you type the letters fa in your browser’s address bar and *bam!* the URL auto-completes to read facebook.com.

It truly is a wonderful thing. But sometimes, it’s not so wonderful.

The Problem

Some users are reporting that when you first startup Safari or Chrome on a Mac the browser may take a while to load those auto-complete gems from your history. That’s not good when you’re used to typing fa and rapidly pressing Enter.

Oops! Now you’ve just asked your browser to visit fa (which does not exist) and from this point on facebook.com will show up as the second auto-complete option. Yikes! How do we remove that darn fa entry now showing above the actual entry we want?

There is hope.

The Solution

On a PC everyone seems to have the answer. You simply highlight the entry and press Shift + Delete. But us Mac users have an extra step that no one seems to be talking about.

On a Mac, you need to highlight the entry and then press Fn + Shift + Del. Now, you might need to wait a bit, or restart the browser to see it removed but I found it to work perfectly.

Did this work for you? Let me know in the comments.

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  1. Nope, doesn’t work for me. And I can well understand how this frustrated you. I love Chrome, but I think I’ll go back to Firefox on principle. (Well, for this and the fact that I just discovered it taking up 5GB of hard disk space because it archives every old copy whenever it upgrades itself – WTF?) Bah.

    • It doesn’t work for Firefox for me on my Mac. I have the extended keyboard connected by USB cord, and all the current software on my iMac.

  2. Richard, sorry to hear it didn’t work for you. It’s still working for me. Didn’t know about the legacy archiving, where on the system are those folders being stored?

  3. THANKS!! I’ve been looking for this for awhile! A few times I’ve had to be patient for it to take effect, other times, it is fixed immediately. ONE thing I’ve been trying that may/seems to help the situation is begin typing the URL, arrow down to select the one I want to remove, do the shift, fn, delete keystroke then move the arrow to another of the Chrome provided suggestions (preferably the one that is correct) and then hit enter to go that url/search term. That seems to help with the removal of the bad one and sticking the correct one.

  4. it worked perfectly for me!

  5. ahhhhh fn+shift+del ! nice !! worked fine ! thank you very much !!!

  6. Ahh this is perfect! I have been trying to figure this out for ages. Thanks for the tip!

  7. THANKS !
    (I needed this for PC and did not know about the Shift+Del thing)

  8. I was pulling my hair out for a few days. This works like a charm. Thanks a bunch. I did find there are some things that cannot be deleted, although I don’t know yet why. I should note that for me it only works if I highlight the item with the mouse (if you scroll down with the keyboard, it will not work).

  9. Michael Therrien

    June 5, 2012 — 11:39 am

    I think Google broke this. I’m using OS X Chrome v.19.0.1084.53 and no key combinations seem to work.

    • Frankie Jarrett

      June 6, 2012 — 4:56 pm

      Hey Mike, I’m running Chrome v.19.0.1084.54 and it’s still working great for me, just used it today on a site that was defaulting to https instead of http like I wanted.

  10. thankyou thankyou thankyou thankyou!!

    my girl visits all these sites on my comp and then when i try to go to my usuals they are always buried

    you have prevented a catastrophe!

  11. Thanks, i even didn’t know how to do that on windows

  12. Thanks so much! Worked on a mac.

  13. Thanks so much. This worked for me on mac for some URLs.

  14. Has worked ONCE, but doesn’t work now, even after a reinstall of chrome it’s still there! it must be somewhere outside chrome.

  15. I am deleting Chrome from my system. This is worrisome since the tracking is outside my local machine. Back to Firefox.

  16. hey, i want to delete http://www.facebook.com stored in chrome, no matter i clear browsing history it pops out the same as http://www.google.com does. please help me

  17. seems shift + delete now works! ( on chrome 22+ )

  18. I’m using a keyboard for Mac, but the keyboard doesn’t have the single “FN” key. Any work around?

    Thanks

  19. This doesn’t work for me either. I’m on Snow Leopard, on a MacBook Pro.

    Maybe there’s a different keystroke for laptops because the Fn key means something different?

  20. I have been trying th Fn + shift + delete, but my mac doesn’t have a delete button. can someone help me please? >.<

  21. Pro tip! Totally works for me!

  22. This is actually quite annoying, I’ve been trying to get rid of these automated suggestions on my omni-bar/url bar whatever it’s called and I can’t seem to find a fix -.- none of this ‘shift+del’ etc. works, and clearing the history, cache, n everything else does not work either :/ any idea?

  23. This worked at one point, but currently does not (v23).

  24. Doesn’t work on my MacBook Pro with Chrome. Shift + Del or Fn + Shift + Del just deleteing the last letter of typed address, like no no Shift or Fn is pressed.

    Any other idea how to delete auto fill urls?

  25. This does not work on my MacBook Pro running Chrome in Snow Leopard. Extremely frustrated.

  26. Worked for me on Firefox on a mac. I have to add it was bugging the hell out of me having just moved over from a Win laptop.

  27. Thank you! Your tip worked for me on Chrome 23, on OS X Mountain Lion.

  28. Finally, THANK YOU!!!

  29. I don’t understand why anyone would want to type in “fa” every time they want to navigate to facebook.com. This is what bookmarks are for. I hate this feature of chrome (more just that I can’t turn it off). I’m one of those people who uses the internet for lots of things, not just for email and facebook, and when i type “face” I expect a search for faces. Instead, I constantly find myself backspacing google’s #*%king autocompletes so I can search for what I ACTUALLY TYPED.

    • But of course, if you search the web for “face” you will only discover that Facebook is the first result 🙂

      You should also notice that during autocomplete Chrome will actually have the remainder of an autocomplete URL highlighted, this allows you to easily exit the autocomplete process and search the web using just two keystrokes.

      For example, type the word “face” and then press the “Delete” key. Since “book.com” was already highlighted, pressing the Delete key has now removed it from the URL bar and now upon pressing “Return/Enter” Chrome will search Google for the word “face”.

      There are probably a few hundred sites I frequent during a typical day of browsing, having to scroll through bookmarks does not sound like a robust solution. I think Chrome’s autocomplete feature is quite handy for the needs of most power-surfers, but occasionally, there is a slip of the keystroke and knowing how to delete an autocomplete entry on a Mac is helpful.

      I hope you find this helpful and are able to use Chrome’s autocomplete to your advantage.

  30. thanks!!! very helpful!!!

  31. After 15 minutes of searching online and finding that most sites recommend SHIFT + DELETE while the entry is highlighted, (which doesn’t work for my system), yours is the first site that had the correct solution to my dilemma. Using a MacBook Air with Chrome. Thank you!

  32. OH MY GOD!!!!
    YOU ARE MAC GOD!!!!!!!
    NOBODY INCLUDING THE GENIUS’ AT THE APPLE STORE COULD FIGURE THIS OUT!!!!!!

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU
    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU

  33. Yes it worked perfectly

  34. This does not work at all,Mac OSX 10.7.5 on Mac Mini, Chrome Version 30.0.1599.101. It actually seems impossible to clear autocomplete without uninstalling and reinstalling Chrome. Truly ridiculous, this must be the stupidest thing Google has ever done by a country mile…

  35. THANK YOU!!! I accidentally missed the tab key, so I had my username AND password listed in the autocomplete the user field!!! NOT GOOD!

  36. Word for word, that “fa/” business was exactly what happened to me. Frustrating me to no end, I keep clearing my cache hoping to get rid of it. Finally, this was the perfect solution.

    Thanks a bunch!

  37. Thanks mate!!! Works like a BBQ sauce on sausages as we’d say in Sydney!!

  38. yes it did 😉

  39. Amazing tip… works smooth!!!

    Was looking for a solution since so long, and had tried several 3 buttons combo with shift+del but not the fn key! you are a genius.

    Cheers!

  40. Thank you. That was quite annoying. Mac’s are nice, but the key combinations drive me crazy at times!

  41. doesn’t work for me. Is it because I have a Macbook pro?

  42. Nice work! This is the only place I found that included how to do it for mac!

  43. Awesome, this has been an incredible nuisance, BRAVO!

  44. Thank you very much it works perfectly for me CHEERS!

  45. Hi – It does not work for me on my Mac. Why is Google making our life difficult?!

  46. THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH!!! I somehow managed to type mu username AND password in an entry form… This worked perfectly! Thank you again!!

  47. On a mac, adding the Fn. key is only needed when you have the short keyboard, in the long full sized keyboard you can use Shift+delete keys same as in windows

    the reason for this is the default del key in the short keyboard is actually a backspace key, but pressing Fn key will turn it to Del

  48. Caveat: This won’t work if you’re trying to remove a bookmarked url–recognizable in my version of chrome for mac (Version 43.0.2357.81 64-bit) by the star symbol to the left of the url in the dropdown list. If it’s bookmarked, it won’t be deleted when you press fn+shift+delete. You have to delete the bookmark first.

    Took me about half an hour to figure this out. I wish the OP had mentioned.

  49. This worked! Thanks so much!!

  50. FINALLY something that worked!

  51. It really works,. thanks 🙂

  52. Thank you. I was looking for a solution for PC and you just saved me from getting pissed over and over again 🙂

  53. It worked. Great. It was frustrating for me to see all those windows based solutions which were obviously not working. But this one just worked! Thanks.

  54. Worked a treat for me on OSX. Thanks!

  55. Works well, thanks!

  56. Works. Thanks!

  57. Works for me (Mac – fn+shift+del).

    Thank you

  58. you the best

  59. Thank god. It worked.

  60. Worked like a charm, thanks! Would be nice for google to have this answer in addition to the pc only pcworld snippet.

  61. YES!!! Awesome! It works 🙂

  62. Doesn’t work for me. 2016 MBP touchbar 13″. macos 10.12.2 Chrome 55.0.2883.95

    Tried built-in keyboard and external wireless keyboard
    Tried Shift+Delete and fn+Shift+Delelete

    🙁

  63. Yes! Macbook / 2017 / Thanks!

  64. You’re a life saver, man. Thanks for the tip.

  65. Thank you So much! from Chrome Version 56.0.2924.87 (64-bit)

    I’ve just got rid of a pile of old urls

    live long with prosper

  66. YES!! IT worked thank goodness that’s been bugging me for so long. Thank you!

  67. thanks, its worked for me

  68. It worked for me! thanks so much

  69. I had form fill entries on a homework page and FN + Shift + Delete worked perfectly.

  70. Worked for me! Mac is always a little tricky and I didn’t know about using the FN key.

  71. Worked great! Thank you so much for this!

  72. Yes this worked for me! Thanks!!!

  73. YES. This worked for me. I was banging my head against this, and the “FN” step is missing from every other site that tells me how to do this.

  74. works like a charm! thank you for the tip

  75. Thanks!!! it worked perfectly!

  76. Thank you! It worked. Was looking for a solution to make this work on my Mac.

  77. Thanks… This helped

  78. Worked! Thanks

  79. thank alot.. phew!!

  80. THIS WORKED FOR ME!!! Thank you so much. It’s been such a pain in the unmentionables this problem….

  81. THANK YOU darn ‘f/’ autocomplete has been bugging me far more than it should

  82. Worked for me. Thanks!

  83. Yes! That worked! Thank YOUUUUUUU

  84. amazing, i’m looking for it a month, you save me, thanks

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