How to Delete Specific Chrome Autofill Suggestions

Jul 20, 2018 - 12 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 Sometimes those autofill suggestions can be accurate, but sometimes they can be bizarrely irrelevant, unhelpful, or outdated.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

Then, click the little three-dots button next to autofilled addresses or phone numbers you wish to modify or delete, and choose “Edit” or “Remove” should do the trick.

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.

How to Disable Autofill in Chrome Completely

You can also attempt to disable autofill in Chrome entirely by doing the following:

  1. In the URL / address bar of Chrome, enter the following link and then hit return:

    chrome://settings/autofill

  2. Toggle the autofill button OFF

How to disable autofill in Chrome completely

Chrome should no longer use autofill, suggest autofill, or save to autofill.

It’s important to note the way the setting is worded implies this only pertains to disabling autofill in Chrome for addressees and phone numbers, but some users report it turns off all autofill functionality in Chrome. That may depend on which version of Chrome you are using.

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

  4. Gary says:

    Looks like Shift + FN + Delete for Mac no longer works (after highlighting the entry I wanted to delete)

  5. Rose says:

    THANK YOU – YOU DESERVE COOKIES. (Windows user)

  6. puls says:

    Thank you! this is the third blog visited to solve this. Turned out to be as easy as holding shift down. the previous 2 blogs however attacked me with annoying pop-up cookie/ad-block bs messages. And had explanations that were written in more than the size of a book page.

    Works for me on windows 10 chrome Version 71.0.3578.98 (Official Build) (64-bit)
    11th January 2019

  7. Amir957 says:

    Good Work

  8. FC says:

    It’s been annoying me for months and you just made my day in seconds. Thank you.

  9. Mike says:

    “Mac: Shift + FN + Delete”

    This has no effect for me. Running latest version of macOS and latest version of Chrome. Any other methods available?

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