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How-to: Delete Autocomplete Entries in Firefox

Delete Autocomplete Entries in FirefoxFirefox does an excellent job of storing the contents of data entry fields on web pages and the Location Bar and the Search Bar. Autocomplete drop down lists that appear so that it can prompt you with suggestions the next time you want, say, an address line, telephone number, post code or other common entries.

It is a great time saver. Sometimes, though, you need to remove an entry that is incorrect, old, private or just embarrassing.

To delete individual entries:

  • Click in the text field
  • Press the Down key to activate autocomplete
  • Highlight the entry you want deleted by using the arrow keys, page up or down keys, or hover over it with your mouse to select it.
  • Press the Delete key.

Thats all it takes to remove an autocomplete entry.

Delete all your autocomplete lists from FirefoxYou can delete all your autocomplete lists from Firefox.

Navigate to Edit > Preferences, then in the Firefox Preferences dialog, select the Privacy tab and to to Clear Recent History to bring up the option box for the items to clear.

  • Checking Browsing & Download History will clear the Location Bar autocomplete as well as your history.
  • Checking Form & Search History will clear web pages’ autocomplete and the Search Bar’s autocomplete

You can find this and other tips for Firefox and related browsers in the Mozilla Knowledgebase. RC

About Robin Catling

Robin Catling gained degrees in both arts and technology which led to a diverse portfolio of employment. A freelance systems analyst, project manager and business change manager for the likes of American Express, British Airways and IBM, he moved on to web design, journalism and technical authoring. He has also worked in film and television, both behind and in front of the camera, including productions by Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorcese, Ron Howard and Ridley Scott. A qualified three-weapon coach, he runs West Devon Swords teaching sports fencing to all age groups, and in recent years qualified with the British Federation of Historical Swordplay to teach medieval and renaissance combat in the Historical Western Martial Arts.


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