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How to clear search history from LOCATION BAR

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I'm using FF 22.0. I tried various methods to clear the search history from *location* bar (not the search bar). Here's what hasn't worked:

* Tools->Options->Privacy->clear your recent history
* Shift-Ctrl-Del while in FF
* Extension "Form History Control 1.3.1.0
* Disabling all Extensions and Plugins (there are no services)
   - Then clearing recent history via GUI and Shift-Ctrl-Del
* Disabling all Extensions and Plugins
   - Ending all FF sessions and starting up a Private session
   - Then clearing recent history via GUI and Shift-Ctrl-Del

Thanks.

I'm using FF 22.0. I tried various methods to clear the search history from *location* bar (not the search bar). Here's what hasn't worked: * Tools->Options->Privacy->clear your recent history * Shift-Ctrl-Del while in FF * Extension "Form History Control 1.3.1.0 * Disabling all Extensions and Plugins (there are no services) - Then clearing recent history via GUI and Shift-Ctrl-Del * Disabling all Extensions and Plugins - Ending all FF sessions and starting up a Private session - Then clearing recent history via GUI and Shift-Ctrl-Del Thanks.

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Waka_Flocka_Flame 441 solutions 5048 answers

right click search bar, hit delete

right click search bar, hit delete

Modified by Waka_Flocka_Flame

Helpful Reply

Hi, Waka,

This post is about entries typed into the location bar. I should have specified that I'm using Firefox on a Windows 7 laptop.

Hi, Waka, This post is about entries typed into the location bar. I should have specified that I'm using Firefox on a Windows 7 laptop.
jscher2000
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Are the search history entries part of your visited page history (i.e., they appear in the auto-suggest drop-down with other history entries) or do they appear in their own drop-down list?

If they are standard history entries, see Remove websites from the Awesome Bar suggestions.

Are the search history entries part of your visited page history (i.e., they appear in the auto-suggest drop-down with other history entries) or do they appear in their own drop-down list? If they are standard history entries, see [[Remove websites from the Awesome Bar suggestions]].

Question owner

That's it! I saw the "awesome bar" and ignored it, thinking that it was some add-in.

Also, just for future reference, the popdown list also includes matching bookmarks, which can be controlled from Tools->Options->Privacy.

Thanks!

That's it! I saw the "awesome bar" and ignored it, thinking that it was some add-in. Also, just for future reference, the popdown list also includes matching bookmarks, which can be controlled from Tools->Options->Privacy. Thanks!
Mr-Love 0 solutions 9 answers

I've tried that too, and even though all history is cleared, sites previously visited keeps coming up in address bar when I start typing...

Only way to prevent this seems to be to go to Options, Privacy, and under Location Bar just select Bookmarks. Problem is, I do want suggestions from history, I just want to delete the current one first...

I've tried that too, and even though all history is cleared, sites previously visited keeps coming up in address bar when I start typing... Only way to prevent this seems to be to go to Options, Privacy, and under Location Bar just select Bookmarks. Problem is, I '''do''' want suggestions from history, I just want to delete the current one first...

Modified by Mr-Love

jscher2000
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Hi Mr-Love, is the problem with the sites listed in the drop-down, or the suggestions that appear directly in the address bar? The second, called autofill, can be turned off if you like. Here's how:

(1) In a new tab, type or paste about:config in the address bar and press Enter. Click the button promising to be careful.

(2) In the search box that appears above the list, type or paste urlb and pause while the list is filtered

(3) Double-click the browser.urlbar.autoFill preference to switch it from its default value of true to false.

Does that help?

Hi Mr-Love, is the problem with the sites listed in the drop-down, or the suggestions that appear directly in the address bar? The second, called autofill, can be turned off if you like. Here's how: (1) In a new tab, type or paste '''about:config''' in the address bar and press Enter. Click the button promising to be careful. (2) In the search box that appears above the list, type or paste '''urlb''' and pause while the list is filtered (3) Double-click the '''browser.urlbar.autoFill''' preference to switch it from its default value of true to false. Does that help?
Mr-Love 0 solutions 9 answers

Thanks, but problem is that I want this autofill when I start typing in the location bar (or address bar, or awesome bar, now that's such a stupid name but anyway) - problem is I first want to get rid of the current history. Which I seemingly have - when I check my History it's empty, but when I start to type in the location bar, it's still there. Very weird...

I may add, that when I click the downpointing arrow to the right of the location bar, nothing comes up. But as soon as I type, all history is still there.

Thanks, but problem is that I '''want''' this autofill when I start typing in the location bar (or address bar, or awesome bar, now that's such a stupid name but anyway) - problem is I first want to get rid of the current history. Which I seemingly have - when I check my History it's empty, but when I start to type in the location bar, it's still there. Very weird... I may add, that when I click the downpointing arrow to the right of the location bar, nothing comes up. But as soon as I type, all history is still there.

Modified by Mr-Love

Mr-Love 0 solutions 9 answers

This is the only thing that works for me - which obviously takes forever, having to delete each history entry one by one.

As I've previously replied, I've emptied all History, but all pages still comes up in the location bar.

This is the only thing that works for me - which obviously takes forever, having to delete each history entry one by one. As I've previously replied, I've emptied all History, but all pages still comes up in the location bar.
jscher2000
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Hi Mr-Love, if you type part of a word does the drop-down populate or only the in-urlbar autofill?

Do you experience the same phenomenon in Firefox's Safe Mode? That's a standard diagnostic tool to bypass interference by extensions (and some custom settings). More info: Troubleshoot Firefox issues using Safe Mode.

You can restart Firefox in Safe Mode using

Help > Restart with Add-ons Disabled

In the dialog, click "Start in Safe Mode" (not Reset)

Any difference?

Hi Mr-Love, if you type part of a word does the drop-down populate or only the in-urlbar autofill? Do you experience the same phenomenon in Firefox's Safe Mode? That's a standard diagnostic tool to bypass interference by extensions (and some custom settings). More info: [[Troubleshoot Firefox issues using Safe Mode]]. You can restart Firefox in Safe Mode using Help > Restart with Add-ons Disabled In the dialog, click "Start in Safe Mode" (''not'' Reset) Any difference?
cor-el
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You can check for problems with the places.sqlite database file in the Firefox profile folder. *http://kb.mozillazine.org/Bookmarks_history_and_toolbar_buttons_not_working_-_Firefox *https://support.mozilla.org/kb/Bookmarks+not+saved#w_fix-the-bookmarks-file