How do I clear my Internet browser history?

Internet browsersAs you browse the Internet, everything viewed is saved to the cache on the hard drive. Loading from the cache helps everything load faster since it is loaded from the hard drive instead of from a server in a different part of the world. To conserve hard drive space or keep your browsing private you can clear or delete the history (cache).

Tip: If you clear your Internet browser history often you may also want to consider browsing in incognito mode.

Tip: In the Address bar press the shortcut key Shift + Del to individually delete items from your address bar.

Microsoft Internet Explorer users
Mozilla Firefox users
Google Chrome users
Opera users
Safari users
Netscape Navigator users

Internet ExplorerMicrosoft Internet Explorer

Tip: Internet Explorer 7.0 and above requires the Alt key to be pressed in order to access the file menu.

Viewing History

Press Ctrl + H to open the history bar.

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  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 and above users can view their history files by clicking the "Tools" menu, "Internet Options," clicking the "Settings" button under the Browsing history, and then clicking the "View Files" button.
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.x users can view their history files by clicking the "Tools" menu, "Internet Options," clicking the "Settings" button, and then clicking the "View Files" button.

Deleting History

Press CTRL + Shift + DEL to open the Clear Browsing History window.

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  • Microsoft Windows users running Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 and above can delete their history files by clicking the "Tools" menu, "Internet Options," and clicking the "Delete Files" or "Delete" button. Users also have the option of automatically deleting files each time the close the browser window by clicking the "Advanced" tab and checking "Empty Temporary Internet Files folder when browser is closed" under the "Security" section.
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.x users on an Apple Macintosh can delete the history by clicking the "Hard Drive" icon, "System,"  "Preferences," "Explorer," and moving the history file into the trash.
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.02 and lower users can delete their history by clicking the "View" menu, "Options," open the tab "Advanced," click the "Settings" tab, and click the "Empty Folder" button.

FirefoxMozilla Firefox

Viewing History

Press Ctrl + H to open the left-side history bar.

or

Click History at the top of the window.

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Users using earlier versions of Mozilla Firefox can also view their history by clicking "Go" and clicking "History."

Deleting History

Press CTRL + Shift + DEL to open the Clear All History window.

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Mozilla Firefox users can remove their history by clicking the "Tools" menu, "Options," clicking the "Privacy" button, and under "History" click the "Clear" or "Clear Now" button.

Tip: If you do not see the File, Edit, View menu press the Alt key.

ChromeGoogle Chrome

Viewing History

Press Ctrl + H to open the left-side history bar.

or

Click on the "wrench"  Chrome wrench icon or "Menu" Chrome Menu button icon, which is located near the top-right side of the browser window and then click History.

Deleting History

Press CTRL + Shift + DEL to open the Clear Browsing Data Window.

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  1. Click on the "wrench" Chrome wrench icon or "Menu" Chrome Menu button icon, which is located near the top-right side of the browser window.
  2. Move your mouse over Tools, then select Clear browsing data...

    Chrome file menu
  3. Select the amount of time you want to go back to delete in your history. You can choose from the past hour, the past day, the past week, the last four weeks, and the beginning of time.
  4. Select the types of history you would like to delete. You can choose as many as you like from this list: Clear browsing history, Clear download history, Empty the cache, Delete cookies and other site and plug-in data, Clear saved passwords, and Clear saved Autofill form data.

    Chrome clear browsing data window
  5. Click the Clear browsing data button to clear the selected types of Internet history for the chosen period.

OperaOpera

Viewing History

Click Help and then About. Within the About Opera window, you'll see the full path to where the cached files are stored. Browse to that file path to view cached files.

Deleting History

Opera users can delete their history by clicking the "File" menu, "Preferences," "History," and click "Empty now" button. In addition, users can check "Empty on exit" if they want for this task to occur each time they exit the browser.

SafariSafari

Viewing History

Press Ctrl + H to open the left-side history bar.

or

Click on the "gear" icon Safari gear icon, which is located near the top-right side of the browser window and then click History.

Deleting History

  1. Click on the "gear" icon Safari gear icon, which is located near the top-right side of the browser window.
  2. Click the Reset Safari... link to get the below window. Leave everything checked if you want to clear everything out or just keep Clear history checked to clear the history. Once your options have been selected click the Reset button.

Clearing Safari history

NetscapeNetscape

Viewing History

Microsoft Windows users can view the history by first opening Netscape and click the "Edit" menu, "Preferences," "History," and view the location where Netscape is storing your files. Next, open this folder within Explorer.

Deleting History

Netscape users can delete their history files by clicking the "Edit" menu, "Preferences," "History," and click the "Clear History" button.

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