Omnibox is one of the best features of Google’s Chrome browser. It helps users to search and navigate from a common place, and combines the search box and the address bar into one single component. But on the other hand, it may worry privacy-conscious users, as the omnibox entries may be logged by service providers while providing search suggestions etc. Thankfully, Chrome allows users to disable such features of omnibox, described in this tutorial.
Disable Search Suggestions and URL Prediction
If you find omnibox’s search suggestions and URL prediction annoying, you can disable it from the Settings page of Chrome. Open the Settings page from the main menu of Chrome, scroll to the bottom and click on the “Show advanced settings …” link.
Now, under the Privacy section, uncheck the option “Use a prediction service to help complete searches and URLs typed in the address bar”. This should disable the search suggestions and URL prediction in the omnibox.
Disable Chrome Instant
Although this feature is disabled by default in Chrome, but if you have enabled it manually, you should disable it too. When enabled, Chrome Instant feature loads search engine results instantly as the users type query in the omnibox. The instant search feature works only when it is supported by your default search engine. Of course, Google supports it.
To disable the Chrome Instant, visit the Settings page and uncheck the option “Enable Instant for faster searching” under the Search settings, as shown in the above screenshot.