Typed URLs Do Not Go Away

May 19, 2005 by Paco Blanchart
You can also highlight the URL as it drops down in the Address bar and press the [Del] key.

A workaround to this problem

September 23, 2006 by Pradeep Nair


I faced the same problems as you mentioned in this forum and tried many options including the ones you mentioned.  I don't have a solution as it is to remove the typed urls. However, I have a workaround to over come this problem.

I believe the history of typed urls are stored in the index.dat file under Temporary Internet Files (usually this folder comes under Documents and Settings\<User Name>\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files ).  You may be aware that windows restrict the users to delete this file or can we read the contents of it and modify it.  But we can always re-direct the target folder of Temporary Internet Files to any other folder other than the one shown above.  By doing so, windows recreates the index.dat in that folder and thus your old entries are removed from the system.

How to re-direct the destination folder?

Before you re-direct the location of Temporary Internet files, you must be aware that once you re-direct the location, the system will Log off causing all the open programs in your system to close. So make sure you have saved all information and preferably close all other windows other than the ones mentioned below.

Steps to follow:

1.Open Internet Explorer

2.Click on menu Tools -> Internet Options

3.In the General Tab, click on Settings button (under Temporary Internet files sub-header)

4. Note the Current location of Temporary Internet Files.

5. Click on Move Folder.

6. Select a folder which you believe could be used for this purpose like c:\temp and press Ok in all open windows / dialog-boxes.

Note: As mentioned earlier, Windows will Log off after this action.

Login once again and you can see that the typed urls are gone from your Internet Explorer.

Hope this works.


Pradeep Nair.