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Disable AutoComplete in Internet Explorer 9 / 8 / 7 / 6

For as long as we can remember, Internet Explorer comes bundled with a feature called "AutoComplete", enabled by default, which allows the web browser to remember values you typed inside form fields that share some characteristics. Well designed web pages take advantage of this feature by naming their text fields in a way that increases the chances of lessening the amount of typing you need in a contact form, for example: just typing the first letter of your email address will bring it up, allowing you to either click-to-fill-in, or press the Down arrow on your keyboard and then Enter to use the highlighted AutoComplete value Internet Explorer suggests. Here's AutoComplete in action:

AutoComplete enabled in Internet Explorer 8
But, whatever your reason, Internet Explorer also lets you turn off and disable AutoComplete altogether, with granularity: you can keep AutoComplete for some things like the address bar, but stop it for form fields, as we'll explain in this tutorial.

Customize and/or turn off AutoComplete in Internet Explorer

Follow these simple steps to customize your current AutoComplete settings:

And that's it, configuring or disabling AutoComplete in your web browser is just that easy. If you ever want to go back and re-enable AutoComplete in Internet Explorer, just follow the steps we outlined above, and this time check all the features you want to resume using!

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