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Published on 06.16.09 by Brent Trahan

Disable Windows Search AutoComplete in Internet Explorer

Learn how to disable Internet Explorer’s address bar search AutoComplete in Windows 7.

Windows Search AutoComplete suggests possible matches when users are entering Web addresses in the browser address bar. This feature provides more relevant results in the browser address bar. This policy setting allows you to prevent Windows Search AutoComplete from providing results in the Internet Explorer address bar.

If you enable this policy setting, Internet Explorer will not use Windows Search AutoComplete for providing relevant results in the address bar. The user cannot change this setting.

If you disable this policy setting, Internet Explorer will use Windows Search AutoComplete to provide relevant results in the address bar. The user cannot change this setting.

If you do not configure this policy setting, the user can choose to turn the Use Windows Search setting on or off.

Note: If you enable this policy, feeds will be disabled from appearing in the address bar. This does not impact subscribing to feeds and interacting with them through the Favorites Center.

Disable Windows Search AutoComplete in IE

  1. Type gpedit.msc in the Start menu’s search box and then press Enter.

    Note: This guide shows you how to make changes to Windows 7 using Group Policy. Group Policy is not available in Home versions of Windows 7.

  2. Navigate to User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, Internet Explorer, Internet Settings, and then select AutoComplete in the left column of the Group Policy editor.

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  3. Double-click Turn off Windows Search AutoComplete in the Settings section of the Group Policy editor.
  4. Select Enable and then click OK to save the changes.

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