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How to Delete Words and Phrases Saved in Search Boxes and Forms

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Auto-Complete with Internet Explorer 5.0+

Here is help with your auto-complete feature in Internet Explorer. If you aren't sure what auto-complete is, read this feature. In this article I explain how to delete and individual word or phrase that keeps appearing in the auto complete. For instance, one time I typed my name wrong and now every time I go to enter my name somewhere it pops up. I can delete that individual entry in auto complete.
Note: One release of Internet Explorer (versions 5.0 thru 7.0) did not allow you to delete individual entries. If you are using this older version, it is time to upgrade. Also this may or may not work for deleting individual sites recently visited in history.

If you have entered words or phrases into search boxes or forms that were incorrect, you can remove one or more by doing this:

To bring up the list of items that you have previously typed in a search box or form, double-click your mouse in the box or type the first letter of the word.

Move your mouse cursor over the word that you want to delete but do not click on it. It will be highlighted.

Click your delete key on your keyboard.

That specific word will not appear again.

Other individual search terms that you may want to delete are also in recent search terms such as here:

Deleting individual auto complete entries are done the same way as forms.

More About Auto Complete
Auto Complete: About the Auto-Complete Feature with Internet Explorer
Auto Complete: How to Stop the Auto-Complete Feature for Addresses, Forms, and Passwords
Auto Complete: How to Clear the History of Previously Visited Addresses
Auto Complete: How to delete words and phrases saved in search boxes and forms

Note: Screen shots are of Internet Explorer 7.0. These instructions will work for Internet Explorer 5.0 through 7.0 but descriptions may vary slightly.

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