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Remove Wrong Firefox Auto-suggest text February 23, 2007

Posted by Carthik in snippets, ubuntu.
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I found the solution to another long standing gripe I had with Firefox – if you mistype a url once in the url bar, the ‘fox remembers it for a long long time. So I’d type “ubintu” once, and then, each time I type “ubu”, firefox autocompletes the url with “ubintu….” which is very annoying.

Lifehacker tells me that I delete those annoying typos using Shift+Delete. So the next time the bugger pops up, I will delete ubintu.wordpress.com! It also works for form text entry fields.

I am sure more than a few readers would be as glad as I was when I read about this :)

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1. tuxicity - February 23, 2007

Made me as glad as you are :-)

2. Vincent - February 23, 2007

Me too… Only issue I have now (though that seems to happen outside Fx too) is that I can’t press Ctrl+A to select everything, though I recently found out I can press Ctrl+/

3. Denny - February 23, 2007

Although I am a long-term Firefox-User since Phoenix came out, I realised this method about half a year ago. God, I was happy to discover it :)

4. Scott - February 23, 2007

Awesome. I’ve been annoyed by that for a long time.

5. Ben - February 23, 2007

Thanks, Ubuntonista.

This nifty trick will save me a boatload of aggravation in the long run. I really appreciate your passing this information along to the Ubunt-o-sphere.

6. BD - February 23, 2007

I’m pretty sure someone is going to squat over ubintu.wordpress.com :P

7. sharms - February 23, 2007

This has been bugging me forever, thanks a bunch.

8. ubuntonista - February 23, 2007

So it was useful to you folks – glad to know that! :)

9. Martyn - February 23, 2007

awesome tip.

10. Srikanth - February 23, 2007

Cool one.. Keep it coming.. Thanks a ton !

11. Stoffe - February 24, 2007

This works for all auto-complete fields too – this was probably the only thing I missed from IE for a really long time before I found out what the keyboard combo was… (in IE it’s just delete).

12. emalyse - February 27, 2007

Thanks for that. I feel brain dead for not knowing that before now as it’s embarrasing to see my many typos pop up.Ta.

13. Christian - February 22, 2008

Beautiful – so simple and yet I never thought of it.

This is going to save me a lot of time!

14. Wizard - March 17, 2008

INCREDIBLE! Thank you…Ive been trying to figure this out for years!

15. Luke - March 6, 2009

SHIFT-DELETE, eh? I’d been wondering how to do this for a long time — especially for the auto-completes/suggestions that pop up for text-entry fields and username fields. I’m using Firefox on a Mac, not Ubuntu, but I tried your tip out anyway and — it works!

Thank you :)

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