How to Disable Omnibox in Chrome?

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.

omnibox search suggestions and URL prediction

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Posted by Arpit Kumar on June 30, 2014.

Arpit Kumar is a web enthusiast watching browsers for long. He maintains several open-sourced browser-based tools including many popular extensions. Follow Arpit on Twitter, or email him at arpit[@]browsernative.com.

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2 Responses

  1. Loek99 says:

    It does not work for me.
    I’m not sure if we are talking about the same.
    My complain is this:
    Since 1999 I was able to type my search string at Google at the middle of the screen.
    Now (since a few months) as soon as I a enter a key, the centered search field of Google disappears. It appears (with the input) at the left top of the browser screen, so called omnibox or address field, whatever.
    I just can’t believe this brutality of Google. I just want to type my text at the center field of Google. Please do not start about prediction settings turning on or off, that is not the case. I want to type physically in the middle, since I ‘ve always done that, and because it’s a natural place to look at. Last but not least: The search field IS centered at the Google website. But it is fake. Once I enter a key it jumps to the top. I would appreciate if you have the answer! I can’t find any setting at Chrome/flags. I think it is Google-related, not Chrome related. I’m not sure. Hope you have the answers. thanks.

  2. Arpit says:

    @Loek: Yes, you are right, it a recently added *feature* of Google. :(

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