Mac tip: How to remove a mis-typed autocomplete entry from Google Chrome

Chrome with a mis-spelled autocorrect entry

Here’s an annoying thing that Google Chrome does: if you type in a URL that contains a spelling mistake, it will actually hold on to that entry and present it as an autocomplete suggestion the next time you start typing in that address.

In the screenshot above, I’ve typed in a web address incorrectly. What I’m actually looking for is interwebworld.co.uk. Unfortunately, the next time I start to type ‘interw…’, the incorrect version of the address will pop up. And the more you accidentally hit the incorrect version, the more more Chrome will continue to present this entry.

You need to delete it. But how?

It’s actually quite easy – one simple keyboard combination should wipe this nuisance autocomplete entry from your life forever – or until the next time you type the address incorrectly! Here’s a step-by-step guide:

  1. In Chrome, start typing the incorrect web address until it shows up in the address bar.
  2. Use your arrow keys to select the entry from the drop-down list.
  3. Press fnshift and the backspace (delete) key simultaneously. The  entry should disappear from the list. Test this by trying to type the address again – this time the incorrect entry should be gone completely.

And that’s it. I’ve tested this in OS X Mountain Lion and Mavericks and it works pretty well. Let me know if it helps you out.

Windows users

I’m told that the equivalent keyboard combination – if you’re on Windows – is to simply press shift and delete.

About gerardmcgarry

Gerard is a web designer, blogger and web publisher. He's one of the founders of the enormously popular UK reality TV blog, Unreality TV and is currently developing its sister site Unreality TV USA.

4 comments

  1. have seen this answer elsewhere, seems to work for some, but not for me on a mac mini with wireless keyboard, 10.9.1
    Delete (fn+backspace) seems to work as intended in other contexts, eg. in this text box, but shift+fn+backspace won’t remove items from the chrome autocomplete

  2. It seems to remove the items from the autocomplete but the next time I open a new tab and type again it still presents the same items

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