Remove browsing history from your search bar autosuggest

The browser address bar is usually used as a search bar. While you type, it suggests websites you may be intending to visit. One of the sources of these suggestions is your browsing history.

This can be useful, but has a harmful side effect — it effectively creates keyboard shortcuts for websites you have a bad habit of visiting…

This only makes the habit worse — the sites you visit too much become even easier to visit as they'll become the most likely to be suggested.

The ease of this shortcut has probably resulted in many lifetimes of doomscrolling. I have easily spent days of my life following this shortcut — I even made a web extension to counter act it!

But, there is a simple solution to this problem — you can switch off this behaviour in your browser…or so i thought

As a Firefox user I assumed wrongly that this would be an option available on all browsers — but it isn't! To implement this Practical Betterment you'll first need to change your browser to one that lets you turn this feature off. e.g. Firefox or Brave

How to switch off browser history in the address bar autosuggest…

You'll still be able search your history, it just won't appear in the autosuggest.

…on Firefox

  1. Navigate to Settings
  2. Click Search
  3. Then under Address Bar uncheck Browsing history

…on Brave

  1. Navigate to Settings
  2. Click Appearance
  3. Under the heading Toolbar you'll find Show autocomplete suggestions in address bar below this is a checkbox for Browsing History

…on Safari or Chrome

You can't!