I am unclear whether you are referring to the Google Toolbar, or to
the search terms field found on the Google home page (and other Google
pages). So, I will address both; please let me know if neither are
what you are looking for.
If you are referring to the search terms text field in the Google
Toolbar (an add-on that you might have downloaded for use with
Internet Explorer), then your only option is to clear the entire
search history by:
a. Clicking on the little down-arrow next to the Google logo on the toolbar;
b. Selecting 'Clear Search History'
If, on the other hand, you are referring to the search terms field on
the Google home page (or at the top/bottom of any Google search
results page), then this is the AutoComplete feature in your browser.
In Internet Explorer, for example, you can flush the AutoComplete
history by doing the following:
a. Pull down the Tools menu, and select Internet Options;
b. Click on the 'Content' tab, and then click on the 'AutoComplete..' button;
c. Click on the 'Clear Forms' button to flush all saved information
for all form fields on all web pages you have previously visited.
If you do not want to flush all saved information for all form fields
on all web pages you have visited, then you can alternatively do the
a. Go to the Google home page, and click on the search field to give
it the 'focus';
b. Click on the field again to pop up the AutoComplete list (if there
are any terms saved by AutoComplete for that field);
c. Move your mouse cursor over top of the first item in the list to
automatically highlight it;
d. Hold down the DELETE key on your keyboard to delete that item, as
well as the next items... if the popup list disappears before it is
empty, repeat from Step b.
One note; if you are using MSN Explorer 8.0 or 9.0, there is currently
no way to clear the AutoComplete history for this browser. This issue
is known to the MSN team at Microsoft, but there is no indication that
they intend to ever fix this privacy issue.
Again, if none of the above techniques are what you are looking for,
please use the "Request Answer Clarification" button above to let me
know exactly what you need so that I can help you.
Hope this helps!
Google Answers Researcher