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Stopping IE AutoComplete

How do I get rid of my search requests? For example, I use Google.com, and every time I type in a letter in the search box, I get everything I ever searched for that starts with that letter! How can I stop this from happening?

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You're talking about a feature called AutoComplete in Internet Explorer. It's supposed to make typing faster, but there are definite privacy concerns if other people use your computer. You can disable it by following these steps:

1. Open the Tools menu and click Internet Options.
2. Click the Content tab.
3. Click AutoComplete.
4. Deselect the appropriate AutoComplete check boxes.
5. Click OK twice.

This was first published in August 2003

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