How to Delete Specific Chrome Autofill Suggestions

Jul 20, 2018 - 5 Comments

Chrome

If use the Chrome web browser, it’s fairly likely you will find Chrome autofill suggestions recommending things for various forms and text entry points. Sometimes those autofill suggestions can be accurate, but sometimes they can be bizarrely irrelevant, unhelpful, or outdated. Most often these irrelevant Chrome suggestions show up from autofill in search boxes or text entry forms on various websites, and they can attempt to populate with random words, old search terms, and phrases that are less than useful or just not relevant to the current site.

Fortunately there’s a way to delete specific Chrome autofill suggestions from these sort text entry boxes, search forms, and various website menus. Because Chrome is available on virtually all mainstream computing platforms, you can use this trick to delete specific Chrome autofill suggestions in nearly any OS, including MacOS, Windows, Linux, and Chromebook too.

How to Remove Specific Chrome Autofill Suggestions

  1. Open the related website which has a form entry where autofill suggestions appear
  2. Start typing so that the suggestion shows up as an option in Chrome
  3. Using the keyboard arrows, navigate down the suggestion list to the item(s) you want to remove from the Chrome autofill suggestions
  4. With the suggestion highlighted, use the appropriate keystroke sequence to delete the Chrome suggestion:
    • Mac: Shift + FN + Delete
    • Windows: Shift + Delete
    • Chromebook / Chrome OS: Alt + Shift + Delete
  5. Repeat with other suggestions to delete if desired
  6. How to delete Chrome autofill suggestions

In the screenshot example here, a website search box is populating with an array of various autofill suggestions, none of which is even vaguely relevant to the website or the topics on that site, but appear to contain mixed keywords from web searches on other websites sometime in the distant past.

How to Edit & Modify Other Chrome Autofill Suggestions & Data

Separately, you can edit and modify general Chrome autofill details in Chrome settings as well. To do that, place the following URL into the Chrome URL bar and hit return:

chrome://settings/autofill

In the general Chrome Autofill Settings page you can clear all autofill suggestions and toggle some of the specific parameters to better suit your needs.

This is obviously geared towards Chrome, but if you’re a Mac user with Safari then you can also edit and modify Safari Autofill data in Mac OS too.

If you find that Chrome is holding onto a lot of data that is no longer relevant to your particular web usage, you can also go all out and clear all Chrome caches, history, and web data, including autofill data from the web browser.

Do you know of any other helpful tips or tricks to clear out unwanted or irrelevant autofill data from your web browsers? Share with us in the comments below!

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Tips & Tricks, Troubleshooting

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  1. Jeff says:

    Sometimes my auto suggested terms are very unrelated to what I’m doing. There is no rhyme or reason to it as far as I see. Thanks

  2. FN??? I don’t see FN anywhere on my keyboard : /

    • Tom says:

      Every modern Mac keyboard has an ‘fn’ key, if you are using an Apple Extended II keyboard from 1987 then maybe you don’t have one, but anything somewhat new does. The ‘fn’ key is in the bottom left corner of the keyboard, next to control and under shift.

    • TN Jed says:

      Jerry, it’s the function key. The function key is usually labeled as fn as fn stands shorthand for function.

      Every Mac keyboard has a fn key.

  3. Richard says:

    Is there a way to stop this entirely for a single website? Thanks

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