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Q: Google Preferences ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Google Preferences
Category: Computers
Asked by: cb1956-ga
List Price: $2.00
Posted: 05 May 2003 15:41 PDT
Expires: 04 Jun 2003 15:41 PDT
Question ID: 199860
When I type in a search after the first letter I type I get a short
list of words of prior searches made with the visible words beginning
with the first letter I typed.  I then type in the next letter and I
get a short list of words from prior searches made, starting with the
first two letters I typed etc.  For example if I am searching for
"Mental Hospitals" I would type in an "M" and if I had done a search
last week for "Maine" it would show followed by a few other words in
alphabetical order.  Then when I type in the second letter being an
'e' it would jump to the first word from prior searches starting with
'Me', say Mead if I had searched for Mead sometime prior.  I want to
know how can I disable this feature and be able to clear all searches.

Clarification of Question by cb1956-ga on 05 May 2003 15:42 PDT
The search is with Google
Subject: Re: Google Preferences
Answered By: mvguy-ga on 05 May 2003 15:59 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars

Google's official answer to that question is this:

How do I stop my previous searches from appearing when I type in a new
search term?
"Fortunately (and unfortunately), this has nothing to do with Google.
It's a feature of Internet Explorer 5.0, which is possible to disable
using its menu. (You can verify this by going elsewhere on the web to
fill out a form and then return to that same page on which you filled
out the form.)
"To disable this feature on Internet Explorer 5.0, go to the Tools
menu; select Internet Options; select the Content tab. Within the
Personal Information area, select AutoComplete. Click on Clear Forms.
You can also uncheck the Forms box in this same window to keep this
from occurring in the future.
"Alternatively, you can delete individual entries from the history by
using the Down arrow key to select a previous search, and then
pressing Delete while an unwanted search is highlighted."

You can also find answers to this question here where I answered it
for someone else:

Best wishes,


Request for Answer Clarification by cb1956-ga on 05 May 2003 16:30 PDT
Where is Tools with MSN Explorer Version 7

Clarification of Answer by mvguy-ga on 06 May 2003 08:45 PDT
Open Internet Explorer. The changes you make there should apply to MSN
Explorer as well.  In some versions of Windows, you can also go into
the Control Panel and click on Internet Options and do the same thing.
Changes made there affect all browsers that use the Internet Explorer
engine, and MSN Explorer is one of them.

Here are the instructions from Microsoft:

Activate or deactivate AutoComplete
"To activate or deactivate AutoComplete
"In Internet Explorer, on the Tools menu, click Internet Options.
"In the Internet Options dialog box, click the Advanced tab.
"Under Browsing, select the Use inline AutoComplete check box.

You can find this by going to and entering
"autocomplete" (without the quotes) in the search box.

Clarification of Answer by mvguy-ga on 06 May 2003 08:48 PDT
Please ignore the big long link above. Use the shorter link
( if you wish to check the MSN Explorer help
cb1956-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Thanks for the help

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