How can I clear my browsing history on exit?

Following the steps in this document causes your Internet browser to delete its history upon exiting. Although this may help protect your privacy, it should be noted that it slightly slows down your overall Internet experience because clearing history also deletes cached files and cookies. See our how to clear your Internet browser history page for steps on deleting this data only one time.

Microsoft Internet Explorer users
Mozilla Firefox users
Safari users
Opera users

Internet ExplorerMicrosoft Internet Explorer users

  1. Open the Microsoft Internet Explorer browser.
  2. Click Tools IE Tools Icon in the upper right-hand corner.
  3. Select Internet Options from the dropdown menu.
  4. Under the General tab, look for the Browsing history section.
  5. Check the box next to Delete browsing history on exit.
  6. Click Apply then OK.

FirefoxMozilla Firefox users

  1. Open the Mozilla Firefox browser.
  2. Click Menu Firefox Menu in the top right-hand corner of the screen.
  3. Click the Options button.
  4. Select the Privacy tab.
  5. In the History section, click the down arrow next to the box that says Firefox will: and select Never remember history.
  6. Click OK twice.

Firefox Safari users

Unfortunately, the Safari browser does not have a clear history on exit setting. The best solution is to clear your browsing history then enable a setting that keeps the browser from storing it in the first place. The downside to this option is that privacy mode must be turned on each time a user opens the browser. For steps on entering private browsing, visit the Safari section of our page on incognito mode.

OperaOpera users

Unfortunately, the Opera browser does not have a clear history on exit setting. The best solution is to clear your browsing history then enable a setting that keeps the browser from storing it in the first place. The downside to this option is that privacy mode must be turned on each time a user opens the browser. For steps on entering private browsing, visit the Opera section of our page on incognito mode.

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