Wednesday, September 3, 2008

How to make it so that Google Chrome does not send everything you type into the search/address bar to Google

Even with all the rage about the Google Chrome EULA, some of you have other privacy issues.

For instance, the Chrome browser sends everything you type into the address/search bar to Google, to offer websites to go to. It sends it keystroke by keystroke, and many of you probably have some concerns about this.

In this post, I'll show you how to disable that. You'll lose some functionality, but you might not care, since you gain some privacy.

Start by clicking on the wrench icon to the right of the Omnibox (yeah, that is what Google calls the address/search bar), and click on Options

This is what should come up:

Now, click on the Manage button, next to the default search.

This is what should come up:

Now, uncheck the Use a suggestion service to help complete searches and URLs typed into the address bar checkbox.

If it was already unchecked, great! If not, just hit Close and Close again, and you're done.

The stuff you type into the Omnibox is no longer being sent to Google. Joy!


Samreen said...

Thanks for the info

It really bugs me some times

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