How to Delete and Clear Autofill Entries in Your Internet Browser

Mistype Something? Get Rid of Unwanted Autofill Suggestions

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Autofill or autocomplete is a feature of most modern internet browsers. Autofill makes filling out forms easier by saving information that you've used in the past.

But what do you do when that information is out of date, misspelled, or just plain wrong? Here's how to clear or delete autofill suggestions.

Why Should You Clear Autofill Suggestions?

If you enter sweepstakes or otherwise fill out forms on websites, autofill can save you time by reducing the amount of typing you need to do. It can replace the need for a form-filling program like Roboform.

Autofill suggestions usually appear as a drop-down list of options when you double-click on an empty field in an entry form. The suggestions might also be pre-filled when you open a form.

The problem is that unwanted autofill suggestions can build up over time. Perhaps you made a typo when you entered your name way back when, or you moved and have a new address now, or you filled out a form for a friend or relative that one time.

Now, those useless autofill suggestions keep appearing when you fill out new forms. And they not only make it harder for you to find the right suggestions to use, but they also put you at risk of making a mistake. You could potentially miss out on a win if you send your prize to the wrong address, for example.

Luckily, removing unwanted autofill suggestions is quick and easy. Follow these tips to clear your autofill and prevent unneeded suggestions from appearing when you fill out forms:

Remember:

* Clearing your autofill suggestions is quick and easy, saves you time when filling out forms, and prevents costly mistakes if you pick the wrong suggestion.

* Deleting unwanted autofill entries is just one of a number of bits of maintenance that you should do regularly to make entering sweepstakes quicker and easier.

How to Delete Autofill Suggestions in Chrome

To get rid of unwanted autofill suggestions in Chrome, highlight the suggestion you want to clear by hovering your mouse over it, then press the "shift" and "delete" keys at the same time.

If you want to delete all of your autofill entries and start over with a clean slate:

  1. Click on the "hamburger button" at the top right-hand side of your screen (it looks like three lines stacked on top of each other.
  2. Click on the "Clear Browsing Data..." button.
  3. Make sure that the "Autofill form data" checkbox is selected, then clear the data.

Clearing Autofill Entries in Internet Explorer

To delete individual autofill suggestions in Internet Explorer:

  1. Double-click the text field so the drop-down box of autofill options appears.
  2. Hold your mouse over the option that you want to remove from autofill so that it's highlighted. Don't click on it.
  3. Press the delete key on your keyboard.

The unwanted suggestion should be cleared from your autofill results.

If you'd like to remove all of your autofill suggestions, click on the "Tools" icon at the top right-hand side of your screen, then select "Internet Options" and pick the "Content" tab.

Look for the AutoComplete section and click on "Settings." At the bottom of that section, there's an option to "Delete AutoComplete History."

You can choose whether you want to delete forms, passwords, or both.

Removing Autofill Options in Microsoft Edge

If you want to remove ALL of your autofill suggestions from Microsoft's Edge browser:

  1. Open "Settings" by clicking on the three dots icon and selecting it from the menu.
  2. Scroll down to "Clear Browsing Data" and select "Choose What to Clear."
  3. Select "Form Data" and click the "Clear" button.

To clear individual autocomplete suggestions in MS Edge, click on "Settings" at the upper right-hand corner of the screen, then "View Advanced Settings," then "Manage My Saved Passwords." This will bring up a list of autocomplete information and you can delete individual entries to remove typos and other unwanted suggestions.

Deleting Autofill Entries in Firefox

As with Chrome, if you want to delete individual autofill suggestions in Firefox, highlight the suggestion you don't want to receive any more and press the "shift" and "delete" keys at the same time.

If you want to delete all of your autocomplete information in Firefox:

  1. Click on the hamburger button.
  2. Select "History" and then "Clear Recent History."
  3. Make sure that the option for "Form & Search History" has been selected and that the time range is set to "Everything."
  4. Confirm that you want to clear the data.

Clearing Autofill Suggestions in Opera

Opera has an easy way to remove either individual or bulk autofill suggestions. To access it:

  1. Start by opening the Opera menu at the top left-hand side of your screen.
  2. Click on "Settings." 
  3. Look for the "Autofill" section and select "Manage Autofill Settings."
  4. From there you can edit individual entries or disable the autocomplete option altogether.

Don't Stop After Clearing Your Auto-Fill Suggestions!

If you enter sweepstakes, there are a few bits of maintenance that you should do to keep things from getting overwhelming. Keeping your autofill suggestions up-to-date and accurate is one of them.

Another thing that you should do regularly is removing likes from Facebook contests that you don't need anymore. While you're at it, you can also remove unneeded Facebook sweepstakes apps.

And you can also keep your sweepstake email under control by unsubscribing from unwanted sweepstakes newsletters.

These things take only a few minutes to do, but they make entering sweepstakes more efficient and more enjoyable.