Solved How to disable Google auto-complete

November 25, 2010 at 08:31:26
Specs: Windows XP, AMD Athlon XP2400 + 1.5Gb RAM

Can anyone tell me if it is possible to disable the auto complete feature on Google and if so how to do it? This feature seems to have suddenly appeared and I would really like to continue using Google without it.

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November 27, 2010 at 10:40:11

Dear Othehill,

I've gone through all the kind advice as carefully as I can. As 'Helmut' says in his posting earlier in my list of replies, once you close down the Google page it reverts back to default and, on the right-hand side of the search box, the words 'instant is on' appear again and you are presented with a list of choices which (if you had the time to trawl it!) can go into millions of suggestions. Changing the option on the 'Preferences' page also appears to be ineffective. At the bottom of this page is 'Autocomplete'. Enable the "Do not provide query predictions in the search box" option and once you've closed down Google you will find it will have reverted to "Provide query predictions in the search box" when you re-open(Google).

I am really grateful to everyone who has taken the trouble to post a reply.

Peter



#1
November 25, 2010 at 08:47:37

Are you using Google toolbar?

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#2
November 25, 2010 at 09:05:36

If you want to disable auto complete in IE, go to:-
Tools >> Internet Options >>content >> Autocomplete settings

Hope this is what you were looking for!!


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#3
November 25, 2010 at 09:16:51

Thanks for responding so quickly! No, I do not use the Google (or any other) toolbar. This problem has recently arisen and is intensely irritating. I have - for the moment - gone over to AlteVista but I've used Google for many years and have kinda got used to it!
Peter

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November 25, 2010 at 09:22:17

Dear Extensa

Thank-you for you kind reply. I have done all you suggest and still - as soon as I start to type something into the Google search box - it comes up with loads of 'suggestions' for what I might be looking for!
Best wishes.

Peter


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#5
November 25, 2010 at 09:37:40

Try this out http://www.google.com/preference...

Go down you will find an autocomplete option...Disable it and see ..All the best


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#6
November 25, 2010 at 10:45:42

Dear Extensa

I followed your link and found the page entitled Preferences. I clicked on 'Do not provide query predictions.......' (see below) then clicked the 'Save Preferences' button in the bottom right-hand corner of the page: sadly, nothing has changed. (Incidentally the URL I'm using to access Google is www.google.co.uk)


Provide query predictions in the search box.
Do not provide query predictions in the search box.

Best wishes and grateful thanks for your time.

Peter
United Kingdom



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#7
November 25, 2010 at 10:49:32

Right click the symbol to the left of your Google address bar and untick show suggestions.

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#8
November 25, 2010 at 11:23:11

Peter there must be something wrong in what you are doing.....i tried it myself now and its working.....did you save your preference after changing?

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#9
November 25, 2010 at 11:59:20

Dear Extensa,

Yes - I've just tried it several times to no avail. I've tried enabling Cookies temporarily and just about anything I can think of. This problem only started (or, at least, I only noticed it) yesterday so I don't know if I've picked up something nasty or inadvertently 'adjusted' something, to be honest.I have run my anti-virus (Eset NOD32) which doesn't come up with anything. It is pretty reliable in intercepting anything that is suspect anyway. So at the moment I'm out of options!

Best wishes

Pete


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#10
November 25, 2010 at 13:22:07

What browser are you using?

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#11
November 25, 2010 at 16:51:38

Dear 'onthehill'

Sorry I've been 'off the air' for a couple of hours.
To answer your question, I am usind Internet Explorer 8 as my browser

Thanks for taking the trouble to reply. Its now 12.45pm here in the UK so I probably won't be on my PC now until the morning.

Look forward to hearing from you - and anyone who feels they can help.

Best wishes.

Peter.


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#12
November 25, 2010 at 18:03:56

turn off google instant permanently

http://www.google.com.au/#hl=en&biw...


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#13
November 25, 2010 at 22:23:56

The preference settings in google change back to default when you close google.

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November 26, 2010 at 16:31:40

My sincere thanks to everyone who responded to my query. I have tried all the suggestions - and more - and just cannot get rid of the autocomplete feature. I have finally given up and made AltaVista my home page. This doesn't cause me any aggravation at all and I guess it's just a case of getting used to it after years with Google. If you get a similar problem and it irritates you as much as it irritated me, I suggest you do the same! You can always type in the Google URL on an 'as-needed' basis.

My grateful thanks to all of you who took the trouble to post an answer.

Peter


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#15
November 26, 2010 at 19:33:40

recodamus

I use yahoo for my home page but use Google exclusively as my search engine. When FF pushed an update I got Ask.com as the default search engine. All I did to get rid of it was to use the drop down mentioned above and not only change the default to Google but delete Ask. I haven't seen it since. You obviously are doing something wrong. Also, you need to read screens when allowing something to install.


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November 27, 2010 at 10:40:11
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Dear Othehill,

I've gone through all the kind advice as carefully as I can. As 'Helmut' says in his posting earlier in my list of replies, once you close down the Google page it reverts back to default and, on the right-hand side of the search box, the words 'instant is on' appear again and you are presented with a list of choices which (if you had the time to trawl it!) can go into millions of suggestions. Changing the option on the 'Preferences' page also appears to be ineffective. At the bottom of this page is 'Autocomplete'. Enable the "Do not provide query predictions in the search box" option and once you've closed down Google you will find it will have reverted to "Provide query predictions in the search box" when you re-open(Google).

I am really grateful to everyone who has taken the trouble to post a reply.

Peter


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#18
July 31, 2013 at 06:34:34

Just in case someone is still wondering about this, the SOLUTION appears to be:

if you change the URL of your homepage to read:

http://www.google.co.uk/webhp?compl...

and that should sort it! I've had this running for a long time now without any further Autocomplete problems.

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