I’ve done everything mentioned in your article to
clear my search history, and yet when I visit Google and start
typing something to search for I still get a history list underneath
what I’m typing. How do I make that stop once and for all?
You’re not a alone, I get this a lot. The problem isn’t so much
about clearing history, as it is a misunderstanding.
I’m guessing that you’re not seeing history at all. What you’re
seeing instead is Google trying to be helpful.
Here’s an example:
I’ve typed “lsass”, and you can see that there’s a drop down list of additional terms underneath what I’ve typed so far. As I type, that list changes, much like a history list might.
Except it’s not history.
What’s happening here is that as you type Google is making suggestions on popular search terms that match what you’ve typed so far. This has nothing to do with your previous searches or your history. This is simply Google saying “hey, you’ve typed XXXX so far, and here are the most popular search terms that also begin with XXXX”.
Why? So you can just click on the suggestions rather than having to type them out. Or maybe you’ll see something that’s actually a better representation of what you’re looking for. Or perhaps you’ll note that there are lots of results for one term and not another, and decide to search for that instead.
It’s just Google trying to be helpful.
And, in very Google-like fashion, you can turn it off if you don’t like it.
Next to the search box you’ve been typing click the link labeled “Preferences“.
On the resulting page, scroll down until you see the “Query Suggestions” option:
To turn it off, simply click on the “Do not …” option, and then click on the Save Preferences button further down the page.
Note: this is a per-machine setting, and it’s most likely stored in a cookie. Don’t be surprised to see it come back as you move from machine to machine, or if you periodically clean out your cookies.