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Why does Firefox home page display past search arguments when I have "no history" set ?

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I have Firefox set to not keep any browser history. I use Google as my default search engine.

Using the Firefox Home page (about:home or about:newtab) and type a character (eg. "a") I get a list below of previous search arguments that I have used. If I go to Google and do the same I get a generic list of common searches beginning with "a".

Why does the Firefox home page display stuff that I don't want kept and how do I get Firefox to delete the information ?

I have Firefox set to not keep any browser history. I use Google as my default search engine. Using the Firefox Home page (about:home or about:newtab) and type a character (eg. "a") I get a list below of previous search arguments that I have used. If I go to Google and do the same I get a generic list of common searches beginning with "a". Why does the Firefox home page display stuff that I don't want kept and how do I get Firefox to delete the information ?

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Hi leamphil, are you getting suggestions with the "clock" icon:

Those are from Firefox's Search and Form history, which can be enabled/disabled independently on the Options page, History section:

However, if you have set Firefox to "Never remember history" -- which is the same as "Always use private browsing mode" -- then I wouldn't expect search history to accumulate. Perhaps you need to clear old search history?

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Hi leamphil, are you getting suggestions with the "clock" icon:

Those are from Firefox's Search and Form history, which can be enabled/disabled independently on the Options page, History section:

However, if you have set Firefox to "Never remember history" -- which is the same as "Always use private browsing mode" -- then I wouldn't expect search history to accumulate. Perhaps you need to clear old search history?

Hi leamphil, are you getting suggestions with the "clock" icon: <center><img src="https://user-media-prod-cdn.itsre-sumo.mozilla.net/uploads/images/2019-10-17-17-50-22-642b72.png" width="400"></center> Those are from Firefox's Search and Form history, which can be enabled/disabled independently on the Options page, History section: <center><img src="https://user-media-prod-cdn.itsre-sumo.mozilla.net/uploads/images/2019-10-17-17-53-08-30883b.png" width="325"></center> However, if you have set Firefox to "Never remember history" -- which is the same as "Always use private browsing mode" -- then I wouldn't expect search history to accumulate. Perhaps you need to clear old search history?
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