Erasing previous searches
Asked by: alt1-ga
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11 Dec 2002 15:33 PST
Expires: 10 Jan 2003 15:33 PST
Question ID: 123315
The Google search page on my computer maintains a history of previous searches. All prior searches can be seen when the cursor is placed in the box to enter any new search word(s). To the many people who use this computer but value their privacy, this is unacceptable. How can I delete the existing scroll down list and prevent a new one from being compiled? This question has probably been answered by you and is perhaps even available in Google Help but I'd appreciate an answer. thanks.
Re: Erasing previous searches
Answered By: sweetblue44-ga on 11 Dec 2002 16:45 PST
I am assuming you are using Internet Explorer 5.0+. IE has this annoying feature built in called "Autocomplete" which aims to finish forms for you such as addresses, usernames, etc. To turn this feature off, open an Internet Explorer window, and click on the "Tools" menu, then "Internet Options..." A window titled "Internet Options" will appear. Click on the "Content" tab near the upper center part of this new window. Next, click the "AutoComplete" button towers the lower right portion of the window. Uncheck all of the boxes for "Forms", "Web Addresses", and "User names and passwords". This will stop new entries from being logged. In addition, to clear the past entries, click both "Clear Forms" and "Clear Passwords" to clear any past searches and password entries users of this computer may have used. This should solve the privacy issue. Please ask me to clarify these instructions if you are lost!
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