Safari - disable address bar auto completion?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Brien, May 23, 2017.

  1. Brien macrumors 68030


    Aug 11, 2008
    Does anyone know of a way to turn off Safari auto-completing web addresses based on History/Bookmarks.

    E.g. if I've visited and type in it will automatically add the rest in. So far all I've dug up in terms of suggestions is to delete all bookmarks/history but that seems like the nuclear option.

    Turning off autofill/website suggestions etc. doesn't seem to affect this behavior.
  2. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    I, too, find the "auto-complete feature" frustrating at times.
    I don't know how to "turn it off" -- but there is a slight "workaround".

    Do this:
    - before you begin to type in your URL, enter a "space character" (hit the spacebar once).
    - then, enter the URL.

    Give it a try.
    It works.
  3. iGeek2014 macrumors 68000

    Jun 29, 2014
    === Nowheresville ===
    Have you tried the following?

    Safari>Preferences>Search>Smart Search Field>Include Safari Suggestions (uncheck) and Preload Top Hit in Background?

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