To make browsing simpler, Internet Explorer recommends websites you might like based on the sites you visit most.

Get browsing suggestions in the address bar

When you start typing in the address bar, Internet Explorer automatically recommends websites, search terms, applications, or weather and finance suggestions. These suggestions are based on your browsing history, keystrokes and favourites so the browser can show you results that might be more relevant to you.

AutoSearch

If you enter text in the address bar in Internet Explorer and it doesn't resolve as a valid web address or the text begins with a question mark, "search", "find" or "go", then Internet Explorer will redirect you to your default search provider to help you locate the site that you are looking for.

To turn off AutoSearch

  1. Open the desktop, then tap or click the Internet Explorer icon on the taskbar.

  2. Tap or click the Tools button, then tap or click Internet options.

  3. On the Advanced tab, under Browsing, tick the Do not search from the Address bar checkbox.

Enhanced suggestions

Enhanced suggestions in the address bar in Internet Explorer helps you quickly get to the sites you want to visit by offering relevant website suggestions, suggested search terms and applications, and weather and finance suggestions as you type in the address bar. Tapping or clicking one of the suggested search terms will take you to the results page for that search term using your default search provider.

To turn off enhanced suggestions

  1. From the Start screen, tap or click Internet Explorer to open Internet Explorer.

  2. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, then tap Settings.
    (If you're using a mouse, point to the bottom-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, then click Settings.)

  3. Tap or click Privacy and turn Show enhanced suggestions as you type to Off.

Get browsing suggestions in the desktop

Internet Explorer for the desktop gives you Search suggestions and Suggested Sites to let you know about search terms or websites that might be interesting to you.

Search suggestions

Search suggestions in the address bar in Internet Explorer for the desktop can help you refine your search by offering suggested search terms as you type.

To turn off search suggestions

  1. Open the desktop, then tap or click the Internet Explorer icon on the taskbar.

  2. Tap or click the arrow to the right of the address bar, and tap or click Turn off search suggestions.

Suggested Sites in the desktop

Suggested Sites is an online service that Internet Explorer uses to recommend websites you might like based on the sites you visit most.

To turn on Suggested Sites

  1. Open the desktop, then tap or click the Internet Explorer icon on the taskbar.

  2. Tap or click the Favourites button.

  3. Tap or click Turn on Suggested Sites (it's at the bottom of the Favourites Center).

  4. In the Suggested Sites dialogue box, tap or click Yes.

To view your recommended sites, tap or click the Favourites button, then See Suggested Sites.

You can turn off Suggested Sites at any time by tapping or clicking the Tools button, tapping or clicking File, then clearing Suggested Sites.

Note

  • Suggested Sites doesn't work when you're using InPrivate Browsing.