Delete URLs from Chrome Omnibox Suggestions

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Google Chrome’s Omnibox is a smart, helpful feature. One of the functionality of the Omnibox I frequently use is URL autocomplete. The moment I start typing a URL, Chrome will automatically filter recently typed URLs and browsing history, and show me the website I want to visit. In most cases this is handy, but sometimes it can also cause a very annoying behavior.

Chrome Omnibox
For instance, if once you mistakenly typed facebok.com instead of facebook.com, every time you start typing Facebook’s URL, you get the incorrect entry at the beginning. Even if you delete the address from your browsing history, it will still show up in the Omnibox suggestions.

Here’s a simple solution to fix this annoyance:

  • Open Chrome, and start typing the URL you wish to delete in the Omnibox
  • Highlight the entry using the arrow keys
  • With the URL highlighted, press Shift+Delete key if you are on Windows to get rid of the unwanted URL entry. Similarly, if you are on a Mac, press Shift+Fn+Delete, and for Linux, Alt+Shift+Delete does the trick.

You can delete all single URLs (even correct addresses) using this method, except the ones beginning with https://.