How to Clear Browsing History

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Whenever you browse the Internet over your computer, every site you visit or view is saved to the cache. This is because things saved to the cache makes it easy to load data faster as the data comes from your hard drive and not from the server. However, cache does take up a lot of hard drive space, and space crunch is something we ought to avoid. In some cases, you do not want certain sites to pop up in your browsing history for whatever reason good to you. If you are wondering how to clear browsing history, we will show you how.

Continue reading as we show you how to clear your Internet browser history on various browses.

How to Clear Browsing History on Internet Explorer

Let us begin with the history stored on Internet Explorer. Those using IE 7.0 and above need to press Alt key to access the File Menu bar. Or you could also press Ctrl+H and directly open the history bar.

If you are using IE 6.x, you can follow the steps below:

  1. Open IE browser
  2. Toolbar à Tools Menuà Internet Options
  3. Settings à View Files

Now, in order to view your history in IE 7 and above you need to follow the following steps:

  1. Open IE browser
  2. Tools à General Tab à Browsing History à Settings
  3. Temporary Internet Files à View Files

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When it comes to deleting the browsing history in IE 6 and above:

  1. Open Internet Explorer
  2. Toolbar à Tools à Internet Options
  3. Clear Browser History à Delete Files à OK

If you are using Internet Explorer 7 and above,

  1. Open Internet Explorer
  2. Tools à Internet Options à General tab à Browsing History-à Delete
  3. Check all the boxed of data you wish to clear
  4. Click Delete

How to Clear Browsing History on Microsoft Edge

If you are a Microsoft Edge user, you can view the history as follows:

  1. Open the Microsoft Edge Browser
  2. Select Hub button on the top right-hand corner
  3. Select History and view the browser history
  4. You can even press Ctrl + H and open browser history

Deleting browser history on Microsoft Edge:

  1. Open Microsoft Edge browser
  2. Press Ctrl + H à Clear All History
  3. Choose the appropriate boxes of data you wish to clear
  4. Clear

Or you could even:

  1. Open Microsoft Edge browser
  2. Select Hub button on the top right-hand corner
  3. Select History and view the browser history
  4. Select Clear all history
  5. Choose the appropriate boxes of data you wish to clear
  6. Clear

How to Clear Browsing History on Mozilla Firefox

Users of Mozilla Firefox can view their browsing history as follows:

  1. Open Firefox
  2. If you have a home page set, click History button present at the bottom of browser window
  3. If you do not have a home page set, press Ctrl + H and open history bar present on the left-hand side of the screen or Ctrl + Shift + H to open the history window.

Tip:

You can use the Hamburger Menu icon (three horizontal lines) on the top of the right-hand corner. Select the History button in the menu.

To delete history in the Firefox browser:

  1. Open Firefox browser
  2. Ctrl + Shift + Del and open Clear Recent History window
  3. Select Time Range to Clear
  4. Click Details and select the options you wish to clear
  5. Click Clear Now

Alternately, you can:

  1. Open Firefox browser
  2. Click Menu à History à Clear recent history à Time range to clear à Details à Clear Now
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How to Clear Browsing History in Google Chrome

You can view your history in Google Chrome by clicking on the Wrench icon or Menu icon on the top-right hand side of the browser. Click History. Or you can even press Ctrl + H and open a left-side history bar.

If you need to delete the history in Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome
  2. Press Cntrl + Shift + Del à Clear Browsing Data window à Clear browsing data

Or, you can even:

  1. Click on the Wrench icon or Menu icon and select More tools
  2. Choose the appropriate boxes of data you wish to clear
  3. Select Clear browsing data
  4. Here you can select how far you wish to delete the history, the past hour, the past day, the past week, the last four weeks, and the beginning of time.
  5. Select the type of history you wish to clear by checking or unchecking boxes on the list provided
  6. Click Clear browsing data and clear your browser history

How to Clear Browsing History in Opera

Opera users can open the Opera browser and click on the upper left-hand corner of the window. Here, from the dropdown menu you can select History. Or you could simply press Ctrl+H.

To delete the history,

  1. Open the Opera Browser
  2. Click ‘Opera’ button in the top left-hand corner
  3. Select History à Clear browsing data
  4. You can click the down arrow next to Obliterate the following items and select the beginning of time.
  5. Check the data boxes as you feel appropriate and click Clear browsing data.

How to Clear Browsing History in Safari

To view the history in Safari, you can open the History button in the browser menu. Here you will be able to view the last 10 web pages lasted visited. You will also find a menu option for 6 or 7 days, listing of the web pages for those days. In Safari, by default, the history is only stored for the last 7 days.

To delete the history in Safari, you can:

  1. Open the Safari browser
  2. Open the Safari Menu à Clear History and Website Data àClear drop down list
  3. Select option for how far you wish to delete, the last hour, today, today and yesterday, or all history.
  4. Click Clear History to clear history as well as cookies and data.

Another way to do it is by:

  1. Clicking on the Gear icon the top right-side of the browser button
  2. Click Reset Safari and a window will open with different boxes related to different data. Uncheck boxes you do not wish to delete and then click the Reset

How to Clear Browsing History on Netscape

You can view history on Netscape Internet browser by clicking on Edit à Preferences à History on the toolbar. Locate Folder containing your files and double click it to check your browser history.

To delete the history,

  1. Open Netscape Internet browser
  2. Go to Edità Preferences à History à Clear History
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