How to Turn On or Off Autocomplete Feature in Microsoft Edge

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The article provides a guide on how to enable or disable autocomplete in the Microsoft Edge browser’s address bar. The autocomplete feature suggests words or phrases based on browsing history, favorites, and recent searches. The guide demonstrates how to adjust these settings through the Edge browser settings and alternatively through the Windows Registry Editor.

This article explains how to turn on or off autocomplete or suggestions in the address bar in the Microsoft Edge browser.

The Microsoft Edge browser is the default browser in Windows 11. However, users can switch to their preferred or favorite browser anytime. Edge is based on Chromium, similar to Google Chrome and other Chromium-based browsers today.

Edge has an autocomplete feature that anticipates your typing and suggests a word or phrase based on your browser history, favorites, and recent search queries. To autocomplete a suggestion, press the Enter key, and the word or phrase is automatically entered in the address bar.

If you do not want your browser to suggest words and phrases based on your history or other activities, you can turn it off. Likewise, turn it on if you want your browser to offer terms and phrases based on your history or other activities.

Turn on or off autocomplete suggestions in the address bar in Edge

As mentioned above, Edge will attempt to autocomplete words and phrases based on your browsing history and other data.

Here’s how to turn it on or off.

First, open the Microsoft Edge browser.

Then click on Setting and more (Alt+F) 3 horizontal dots button on the top right corner and select Settings.

micrsoft edge browser more option and settings
Microsoft Edge browser has more options and settings

On the Settings page on the left panel, click Privacy, search, and privacy.

microsoft edge browser privacy search and services page
microsoft edge browser privacy search and services page

At the bottom of the middle section, under Services, click the Address bar and search tile to expand it.

Edge browser address bar and search box
Microsoft Edge visual search hover button

Next, click the toggle switches next to the following settings to the On position to enable autocompletion in Edge.

  • Show me search and site suggestions using my typed characters
  • Show me suggestions from history, favorites and other data on this device using my typed characters

To disable autocomplete in Edge, toggle the switches back to the Off position.

Turn on or off autocomplete in Edge browser

When disabled, Edge will no longer store or autosuggest words and phrases as you type. Close Edge to save your changes, and you’re done.

Your changes should apply immediately.

Enable or disable AutoSuggest via Registry Editor in Edge

Another way to enable or disable AutoComplete or AutoSuggest in the Microsoft Edge browser is to use the Windows Registry Editor.

The SearchSuggestEnabled controls the policy for the Show me search and site suggestions using my typed characters setting in Microsoft Edge.

The LocalProvidersEnabled policy controls the Show me suggestions from history, favorites and other data on this device using my typed characters setting in Microsoft Edge.

To do that, open the Windows Registry, and navigate to the folder key below.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Edge

If you don’t see the Edge folder key, right-click on the Microsoft parent key, then create the subkey (Edge) folder.

microsoft edge show or hide sidebar via registry
Microsoft Edge show or hide the sidebar via the registry

Right-click on the Edge folder key’s right pane and select New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value. Type a new item named SearchSuggestEnabled. Also, create another DWORD (32-bit) and name it LocalProvidersEnabled.

Double-click each of the items you created (SearchSuggestEnabledand LocalProvidersEnabled ) and make sure the Base option is Decimal, and then update the Value data:

  • To disable AutoComplete in the address bar, type 0.
  • To enable AutoComplete in the address bar, type 1 or delete both items created above.
Windows Virtual Search enables or disables the registry

That should do it. Restart your computer for the changes to apply.

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to enable or disable autocomplete in the address bar in the Microsoft Edge browser. If you find any errors above or have something to add, please use the comments form below.

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