PC Doctor August 23, 2021

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Dear PC Doctor:

I typically use the Chrome browser. It works the way I want it to most of the time, but now I am doing a project that requires a lot of searching, inputting addresses, and some other data entry, and the autofill feature is really messing me up. It keeps trying to predict what I’m going to enter and I need to find a way to stop it. Is there a way?


Dear Chris:

Autofill can be a great feature – It fills in specific information and form fields as part of the web browser on your computer. Sometimes, it saves you time. Sometimes, it makes your work harder!

To stop Chrome from autofilling as you’re working, open a browser window. Click on the three vertical dots in the upper right corner of your screen. Choose Settings. The second box from the top has your autofill settings. The choices are Passwords, Payment methods, Addresses and more. Click on each one that you want to adjust. You will see sliders next to each category that can be automatically completed. If it is blue and to the right, autofill is on. To turn it off, slide the slider left. It will change to white when you’ve turned it off.

I hope this helps!
Until next time,
Happy computing!
PC Doctor

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