Help File: Correcting typing mistakes while browsing has gotten a little easier

By Rob Pegoraro
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, November 20, 2010; 6:53 PM

Q: I typed an incorrect Web address into my browser, and now my browser keeps suggesting that address instead of the right one.

A: Since I addressed this issue in May 2008, browsers have changed how they handle this issue - sometimes for the better.

Microsoft's Internet Explorer 8, for example, makes this far easier. When you see an errant suggestion appear below its address bar, click a red "x" to its right or hit delete to erase it.

Likewise, in the Windows version of Mozilla Firefox, you'd select the unwanted suggestion and zap it with the delete key.

On a Mac, however, you have to hold down the shift and delete keys together to remove an undesired auto-complete offering from Firefox.

In Google's Chrome, you can remove individual items from the history list by selecting History from its wrench-icon menu and clicking the "Edit items . . ." link. But because Chrome automatically presents search results matching what you begin typing in the address bar, you may still see it suggest sites you don't want.

Finally, in Apple's Safari, go to its History menu and select "Show All History." As in Firefox, type the unwanted address in the search box, then select and delete it from the list below.

Q: How do I mark up a PDF file for future reference?

A: Portable Document Format developer Adobe Systems just shipped the free Adobe Reader X (, which lets you add notes and highlight text in a PDF - and features a needed "sandboxing" security upgrade.

For more extensive markup tools, try the free Foxit Reader ( In Mac OS X, Apple's built-in Preview offers an excellent set of PDF-annotation tools.

- Rob Pegoraro

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