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How the AutoComplete Feature Works

The Internet Explorer AutoComplete feature suggests matches as you type text in any of the following areas:

  • The Address toolbar in Internet Explorer, Windows Explorer, or on the Windows desktop or taskbar
  • The Open box in the Run dialog box accessed from the Start menu, or the Open dialog box accessed from the File menu in Internet Explorer
  • Forms (including user names and passwords on forms) on Web pages

If you are using the Windows Desktop Update component that is included with Internet Explorer 4, Windows 98 or later, or Windows 2000, the AutoComplete feature suggests matches as you type in an Address toolbar in Windows Explorer or in the Open box in the Run dialog box accessed from the Start menu.

 

The list of matches that the AutoComplete feature suggests for a Web address, folder, or program name is determined by examining the following items:

  • Your Favorites and History folders
  • The contents of the folder you specify for files or folders
  • The contents of the left pane in Windows Explorer
  • A list of your most recently typed addresses, commands, or AutoSearch queries, which are stored in the registry

The AutoComplete feature for Web addresses also includes an AutoCorrect feature that can correct common errors. For example, if you accidentally type "htp://" or "http:\\" instead of "http://," Internet Explorer 5 can automatically correct the error as soon as you click Go or press ENTER.

 

The list of matches that the AutoComplete feature suggests for forms or user names and passwords on forms is stored on your computer and is encrypted to protect your privacy. Web sites cannot gain access to this information unless you submit the form or log in by using the suggested password.

 

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