Get predictions in the address bar

When you type in the address bar, Google Chrome can use a prediction service to help you complete the web addresses and search terms that you're entering. For example, typing new york in the address bar could bring up http://www.nytimes.com as a predicted site or [ new york city ] as a predicted search.

To help you differentiate between web addresses and searches, a Blank page icon icon appears next to web addresses.

Unless your default search engine uses a different prediction service, the search terms that show up are the same ones that would show up if you were searching on Google. Learn more about Google's autocomplete algorithm

Disable the prediction service

The prediction service is typically turned on by default. Follow the steps below to turn it off.

  1. Click the Chrome menu Chrome menu on the browser toolbar.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Click Show advanced settings.
  4. In the "Privacy" section, deselect the "Use a prediction service to help complete searches and URLs typed in the address bar" checkbox.

Keep in mind that the address bar shows matches from your browsing history, in addition to predictions. If you don't want to see matches from your browsing history, clear your browsing history.

Using a Chrome device at work or school? Your network administrator might enable or disable the prediction service for you, in which case you can't change this setting here. Learn about using a managed Chrome device