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Prevent history auto-completion in Safari Web Browsers
I find the Safari autocomplete from my History annoying. A one-time clearing and locking of the history file prevents Safari saving your History.
  1. Choose 'Clear History' from the end of the History menu.
  2. Quit Safari.
  3. In the Finder, locate the history.plist file in ~/Library/Safari/.
  4. Use 'Get Info' to lock the file.
Auto-complete will still use the history of your current session, but it will be cleared when you Quit. Auto-completion of bookmarks continues to function normally.
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Authored by: sebastienb on Apr 30, '03 12:19:24PM
Great tip!

I've always found these 'autocomplete' things to be designed to annoy you, actually filling in a complete item instead of showing a list of available choices from what you've already type without actually filling it in (what if that's not what you wanted?)

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Authored by: MattHaffner on Apr 30, '03 12:58:40PM

Then just get used to tapping the delete button before hitting return to trim the auto-fill. If you just keep typing things, it gradually goes away. It's just a minor retraining of your typing in the location box. Killing this keeps you from being able to start deep in a web site without remembering long URLs. Any fill box (even those in forms on pages) has a dropdown with the historical selections to choose from if you want. Seems like a huge loss of functionality for a small gain to me... to each their own I guess :)


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Authored by: NeutronMonk on May 01, '03 08:16:55AM

Actually, I find using foward delete ( shift+delete ) handles this issue nicely. A drop down menu with options would be a nice tweak, however.

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Authored by: jiclark on Apr 30, '03 12:34:19PM
The only way this works is to also have Safari no longer keep track of your History? That would never work for me, as I use the History menu quite a bit to go back to a site without having to bookmark everything I might someday need! If I'm mistaken about this, please correct me...


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