Disabling or Enabling the AutoComplete or Inline AutoComplete Feature

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This article describes how to disable the AutoComplete feature or enable the Inline AutoComplete feature.


Windows Explorer and the Run box both have AutoComplete capabilities, as in Microsoft Internet Explorer. There are actually two forms of AutoComplete. The first is an automatic suggestion, where you get a drop-down list of sites with the same letters you have typed. The second is where the line you are typing is automatically completed if you have typed the same letters before. This is the Inline AutoComplete feature. The first feature is turned on by default, but Inline AutoComplete is not.

To disable the AutoComplete feature in the Address box in Windows Explorer, and the Address box in Internet Explorer:
  1. Click Start, point to Settings, point to Control Panel, and then click Internet Options.
  2. Click the Content tab, click AutoComplete, and then click to clear the Web addresses check box.
  3. Click OK, and then click OK.
The history of most recently used commands from the Run command on the Start menu are stored in the following registry location:
To enable the Inline AutoComplete feature:
  1. Click Start, point to Settings, point to Control Panel, and then click Internet Options.
  2. Click the Advanced tab, and then click to select the Use inline AutoComplete check box.
  3. Click OK.


Article ID: 237553 - Last Review: February 22, 2007 - Revision: 3.2
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Edition
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Datacenter Server
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