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9/4/18
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Jason Meador

How do I disable autocomplete/suggestions for Google searches?

I could not possibly care less what Google Inc. thinks I mean when I search for something, so I've been using https://www.google.com/webhp?complete=0 to prevent the incredibly insulting and obnoxious dropdown list of "helpful" "suggestions" from stinking up my screen, but as of 8/31/18 that no longer works. Can someone please tell me how to permanently re-disable this unwanted and intrusive "feature"? I am not the least bit joking when I say that if it cannot be disabled I will never use google.com to search for anything ever again.

Here's the solution: Use an adblocker. Ublock Origin, AdBlock Plus, AdGuard-- anything that lets you highlight an element on the page and add it to a filter; select the dropdown list, create a new filter for it, and it's gone for good. Here's a step-by-step demonstration of how to do it with Ublock Origin: https://texasuberalles.tumblr.com/post/177716364489/how-to-disable-google-autocomplete-and-spellcheck
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Debra Warila
9/1/18
Debra Warila
I'm having the same problem today. I can't find a setting to change this autocomplete crap.
bluequoll (Google Search)
9/1/18
bluequoll (Google Search)
The complete=0 parameter was left over from a time when Google had a setting allowing autocomplete predictions to be turned off. When that feature was withdrawn, the parameter was widely touted by users as a way to suppress autocomplete predictions, although it has never been acknowledged by Google. Until recently it continued to work on the Google Search homepage, although not on the results page. It looks like Google has finally killed it off.

I suggest you try DuckDuckGo search, which currently has a setting to switch off "Auto-suggest".
Google user
9/1/18
Google user
Yes  it's true at the end of Aug 2018 Google disabled all previously known ways to disable their search suggestions drop down menu. But I have figured out HOW TO DO IT. first in stall the AdGuard Chrome ad blocking extension (just search for it at the Chrome web store). Now here is the blocking part. After installing AdGuard go to the Google search webpage and start typing a search, when the suggestion menu drops down, go up to the AdGuard green badge and click on it and choose "Block ads on this page" the 2nd one down from the top. Now take your mouse over to the menu and from the lower end of the menu click on a suggestion, when you see the green box use the slider to  make it as big as you can on the drop down menu. Now hit the big red Block Button on Adguard. I discovered that AdGuard will treat the Google search drop down suggestion menu as if it was an ad and will not let it display.  You can also do this to the search box at the top of the search results page to remove its drop down suggestion menu as well. Do this now to save your sanity and thank me later. Edit: if the red block button acts like it won't push, try the procedure again from the beginning.
I truly am so happy that I tried this and that it worked, that I could just dance.

Sapphires
9/1/18
Sapphires
There's absolutely nothing we can do to shut this autocomplete crap off in Firefox browser?   I do not and will not use chrome.   Someone suggested the other search sites of Bing  so I guess I'll be switching to that now, unless google lets the users control their own searches again.  I do a lot of legal and medical research work so I need to control my own searches.  Thanks for nothing, google.
Debbie Dritz
9/1/18
Debbie Dritz
I am having the same problem and it's driving me nuts, not only popping up things I have searched for in the past but also things I've never searched that I guess they think are relevant.  Also, my cursor sits over the top line of the Google Search box, the font is smaller than it was before, and I get their suggestions all jumbled up.  I guess I'm changing search engines.  Listen up Google, you're losing users!  Sorry the graphics are hard to see but tried to show where the cursor lands on the page and the bunch of "suggestions" on the second one.

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Sapphires
3/27/19
Sapphires
Nick's method with  google.*##.aajZCb  didnt work for me.    Mary's suggestion for  google.com.cy/complete/* on  Ublock on Firefox apparently doesnt work either.  I appreciate everyone's efforts, but apparently we have to keep trying.   This whole thing that we cant stop this suggestions crap really  psssses me off beyond purple. 
 
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